Flight Attendant Faces Drinking Rap

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

(AP) A flight attendant appeared in a Kentucky court to answer charges she was drinking alcohol on the job and told a captain "You're dead" as she was removed from the plane.

Public safety officers at Blue Grass Airport reported Sarah Mills, 26, threatened the Atlantic Southeast Airlines captain Sunday afternoon. Court documents said she smelled heavily of alcohol and admitted drinking whiskey onboard.

She pleaded not guilty to terroristic threatening and public alcohol intoxication on Monday.

Court records say a breath test found her blood alcohol level was .032, lower than Kentucky's legal limit of .08 to operate a motor vehicle. She refused blood and urine tests, the court records said.

It was not immediately clear whether Mills had an attorney.

Mills also faces a civil review by the Federal Aviation Administration on charges of being a crew member of an airplane while drunk. Kathleen Bergen, public affairs manager for the FAA's Southern region, said Mills could not be jailed on that charge but that the agency is reviewing the matter.

"We're investigating to determine what the circumstances were and whether any of the federal aviation regulations were violated," Bergen said.

Delta officials canceled the Sunday flight to Atlanta because there were not enough crew members, but passengers were given the option to board other flights, said Kate Modolo, spokeswoman for Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the carrier operating the Delta flight.

"We haven't encountered this particular situation before," Modolo said.

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