LIAT pilots want tough action against ‘disruptive passenger’

The union that represents LIAT pilots wants the airline to punish the passenger who made a “mischievous allegation” against a pilot earlier this month.

In a release issued Thursday, the Antigua-based Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) stopped just short of demanding that the regional carrier bans or takes legal action against the female passenger, who on December 13 accused the pilot of smelling of alcohol.

Neither the airman nor the passenger has been named, but the accusation led to the cancellation of a flight to St Vincent as some passengers and staff were required to submit formal reports to the relevant authorities.

“LIALPA is aware of the standing procedures the company has in dealing with disruptive passengers. In the past, these measures have included legal action taken against the passenger (s) and/or the passenger (s) being blacklisted on all LIAT operated flights. We are confident that LIAT will deal with this situation no differently,” the statement said.

The pilots’ union made reference to a statement issued by the airline less than a week after the incident refuting the passenger’s claim, expressing its gratitude to LIAT “for clearing the air and letting the public know that the pilot was completely innocent” of the allegation.

However, LIALPA said it was not enough to defend the pilot’s reputation and the passenger ought not escape punishment.

“Based on precedent, we are not satisfied with LIAT simply saying that no findings or action was taken by any airport or other authority on the passenger’s allegation. Therefore, we await the company informing us of the actions it will take against this disruptive passenger,” it said.

“LIALPA wishes to state categorically that we were never in doubt that our pilot was innocent of the mischievous allegation and we continue to stand unequivocally in support of our pilot. We will also do whatever is necessary to protect our pilot’s reputation and will explore all avenues in doing so,” the statement added.

LIALPA also said it regretted the disruption and subsequent cancellation of the flight.

In its statement on December 19 LIAT had said the pilot had voluntarily submitted to independent testing by medical professionals here.

“As expected, all results were negative,” the LIAT statement said at the time.

Source: (PR)

15 Responses to LIAT pilots want tough action against ‘disruptive passenger’

  1. John Strutton
    John Strutton December 30, 2016 at 5:20 am

    If LIAT suffered financial loss due to this passenger’s vexatious allegation they should sue her for recovery of the debt created, as should any other individual passenger that incurred costs as a result of the flight cancellation.

  2. JoJo Clarke
    JoJo Clarke December 30, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Sue her ! Keep ya mouth shut if you ent got proof !

  3. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce December 30, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Populace need tough action against LIAT for their incompetence n disruption of ppls travelling plans on a daily basis how about dat

  4. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias December 30, 2016 at 6:30 am

    That situation should never have escalated to that level . It could’ve been cleared up there and then. No need for all that hullabaloo .

  5. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke December 30, 2016 at 7:00 am

    What about all the ppl that Liat have caused to suffer ? Sometimes for days n all. Liat is the poorest run airline in the world .

  6. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn December 30, 2016 at 7:30 am

    If the woman smelt liquor, she has a duty of care to report it. If later as has happened in this case the guy is found to be innocent of the accusation then a separate investigation ought to be launched to see if there is any evidence of her being malicious in her complaint….then move forward from there….what happens to the next person who observes signs of impairment on a pilot that because of this action says nothing and it causes the loss of life? Are we going to sue them too when everyone is dead?

  7. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 30, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Liat needs to take a “tough stance” on late arrivals and changing ones flight without notice….. Additionally the cost to 20 min St. Lucia from Barbados for almost $400 ….had to endure 6 hours in an airport with my son because LIAT gave away our seat without consideration then told me i got to buy our meals

  8. Alex Alleyne December 30, 2016 at 7:47 am

    LIAT want shutting down…….end of story.

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

    LIAT-Lawless Ignorant Awful Terrible.

  10. Dave Person
    Dave Person December 30, 2016 at 8:06 am

    no breathalyzers for pilots

  11. EN John
    EN John December 30, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I think it’s time we the passengers start taking legal action against Liat for making is late on many times and legal action against our governments who put over tax dollars in this airlines because i see them as a contributor to Liat actions and performance.

  12. Terry Bell
    Terry Bell December 30, 2016 at 9:01 am

    This is a joke? Are they serious? Way to go Liat ‘leave islands any time’

  13. BimJim December 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

    LIAT is majority owned by Barbados. As long as Fumble Mumble dies nothing and the Board and management are all political appointees without any knowledge of aviation, you may expect the current situation to continue.

    We Bajans are SHEEPLE, as YARD FOWLS we say and do nothing to correct the wrongs that bleed our own pockets, such as paying more than HALF of LIAT’s losses – EVEN IF WE NEVER TRAVEL OURSELVES.

    LIAT can make a profit, but not until the politicians and Jean Holder and his personal friends are kicked out and it is run properly as an airline and not as Dumble’s or Ralph’s personal toy. Ya ting Julie get in dey cause she had some airline experience? At all !! She did Jean Holder good friend, and HE put she dey.

    But doh mind me, boah, wunnuh just keep pullin ebryting outta wunnuh pocket for this nonsense, becausin APPARENTLY, WE LIKE IT SO

  14. C H Crichton December 31, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I hardly response to these comments, if the passenger made a genuine mistake and apologized why should she be punished? What about when we, the passengers Are delayed because the pilots on go slow, sick out, running late etc, what punishment is meted out to the pilots? I find this is so silly, the passenger did smell alcohol and what is wrong is he/she enquired for the safety of all. It did turn out that alcohol was in the wet tissue that was said to be used. Before the pilots try to work with the management of LIAT for improvements to the flying public they want to make a non issue out of nothing.

  15. Sean Gibbs January 1, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Where is the proof the pilot is innocent? Was a breath test or blood test done? A lot of people’s lives at risk if the lady is right. If she is wrong then legal action against her but it is not enough for the company or the union to come forward and say the
    Pilot is innocent without providing proof of it. If he is guilty then he should loose his license and Liat should be investigated by both local and international authorities.


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