Flight Attendant Accused Of Alcohol Intoxication Asks Judge For Help

It was a dramatic day in court today for a 26 year old flight attendant.

Sarah Mills, 26, is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, terroristic threatening and alcohol intoxication.

An Atlantic Southeast flight scheduled to leave Blue Grass Airport Sunday afternoon was cancelled because it didn't have enough crew members.

Police say Mills was pulled off the plane for being too drunk.

Court records say the captain notified police of Mills, then brought the plane back to the gate where police were were waiting.

Documents state that Mills threatened the captain of the flight saying "you are dead!" as she was escorted off the plane.

It also says Mills admitted to drinking Jack Daniels on board before take off.

The officer says he witnessed her clearly being unstable on her feet.

Soon after, passengers were forced to de-plane because the flight didn't have enough crew members. ASA officials say all passengers were re-accommodated to other flights to Atlanta, but some passengers say they decided not to fly after the incident.

In court, Mills pleaded for help from the judge, because she says she can't afford an attorney.

She says she just got this job and only had fifty dollars in the bank.

The judge set her bond at three hundred and fifty dollars, and ordered her a public defender.

Mills is due back in court August 14th.


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  • by Capt. Location: Paul on Jan 25, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    It’s strange how the previous post from a Pilot! vouched for this woman’s case as he stated ‘Just adds to our duty day, our stress level, our fatigue. Funny how everyone is so concerned about drunk(ness), yet not fatigue. DO YOU KNOW HOW OFTEN YOU FLY WITH PILOTS THAT HAVE DUTY DAYS OF 14 HOURS, RUNNING ON 6 HOURS OF SLEEP - AND NOT BY CHOICE - IT'S SCHEDULED BY THE AIRLINES - BECAUSE THEY CAN - IT'S LEGAL.’ She just started the job, and CHOSE to have alcohol while working. That choice impacts the safety of all others around her. Shame on the pilot to be making the analogy of fatigue. Would you like to put your life in the hands of someone 35,000 ft n the air who is mentally impaired? This comes from a Merchant Marine Officer and Captain, who has those same long hours. Well you can have your cold one from a long, fatigued day. I’d just like to be sure I’m off the plane first.
  • by johnny Location: ky on Jan 3, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    just think if they let her by with .03 what would be the next time probly drunk.that is the it goes.if the airline says no drinking that is what they mean.so dont drink
  • by former crewmember Location: atlanta ga on Sep 17, 2007 at 11:06 PM
    Wow! The ignorance of the public is unbelievable! Crewmembers cannot drink ANY alcohol within 8 hrs of duty time. Failure to comply is a Federal Offense! And hello? ASA IS DELTA regardless of the color of the shirt. I used to work for ASA (always something airlines) and the workers are treated like legalized slave labor so I don't doubt this girl probably needed a drink, but she knew the risks and guess couldn't wait for her shift to end. Why on earth is there not this much public attention brought to the fact that the ASA crews are legally being made to fly fatigued to the extreme? That girl was hired on for about $17,000 per year with lofty hopes of achieving $30,000 after about 10 yrs of hard labor. They are treated badly by pilots, mgmt and passengers. Their job entails serving, stowing carryons, fire fighting, 1st aid, stocking catering, evacuation if necessary, screening passengers for terror threats, bomb detection AND removal if necesssary. Would you want this job?
  • by rock on Aug 25, 2007 at 05:03 AM
    can anyybody make a decision anymore? I believe tne pilot should not be flying if he made a decision like this. .03??
  • by pilot Location: airlines on Aug 11, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    .03 isn't much - however, not acceptable to the airlines/FAA. BUT - let's not forget the hours we work - MANY. Duty days can exceed 14 hours, several days in a row. Lets not forget about delays, due to weather, maintenance etc. (drunk Flight attendant)!! Does not mean the airlines will cancel our shift, surely the aircraft was repositioned at some time. Just adds to our duty day, our stress level, our fatigue. Funny how everyone is so concerned about drunk(ness), yet not fatigue. DO YOU KNOW HOW OFTEN YOU FLY WITH PILOTS THAT HAVE DUTY DAYS OF 14 HOURS, RUNNING ON 6 HOURS OF SLEEP - AND NOT BY CHOICE - IT'S SCHEDULED BY THE AIRLINES - BECAUSE THEY CAN - IT'S LEGAL. Lets not forget a long duty day is close to feeling intoxicated without the alcohol. Think about that next time you get on an airplane - an maybe write the FAA to change the rules, in the interest of SAFETY. Thank you!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2007 at 04:51 AM
    It reminds me the story: "why to drink and drive when you can smoke and fly", but in this case she just mixed up the story. Check the weird story if you want at http://www.wwwpd.org/?p=58
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 9, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    Lamont, the thousands of boys being killed overseas is on MY mind, too; luckily my son has come home and is safe. I don't like labels, either, so I'm going to call you just a person who is more concerned with the life of our young men than a tipsy flight attendant, and I'm going to join you.
  • by me Location: frankfort on Aug 9, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    I still say she cannot be that drunk at .03. My guess is since she refused the blood test, she was actually on something else. Maybe that was the cause for the odd behavior. Plus, if she is an alcoholic like everyone here seems to think, her tolerance would be so high, so would not get drunk at .03
  • by Lamont Sounds Like Location: A Liberal on Aug 9, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    who has one thing on his mind. It doesn't matter that her level of blood alcohol was below the limit, she could still not be able to function. Look at her comment to the pilot "you are dead!" Yep, sounds like a sober statement to me. In a case of emergency, she has to be physically and mentally sound enough to perform her duties which she wasn't; that's why it made news you bunch of bozos!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Aug 8, 2007 at 03:58 PM
    Lamont, we need SOBER people in these birds. Wake up and smell the JACK DANIELS. A drunk is a drunk, but when others saftey depends on a drunk people get injured or killed.

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