British Airways Pilot Who Snorted Cocaine Off Topless Woman Before 12-hour Flight Fired
28 Sep 2023
A British Airways pilot has been fired after snorting cocaine off a topless woman’s breasts 12 hours before a flight.
Set to copilot an aircraft from Johannesburg to London last month First Officer Mike Beaton reportedly boasted about his drug fuelled exploits to a stewardess friend who promptly alerted BA bosses.
Beaton was drug-tested and the flight was cancelled costing the airline an estimated £100,000, according to The Sun.
British Airways told The Independent: “Safety is always our top priority. The matter was referred to the CAA and this individual no longer works for us.”
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed the pilot’s medical certificate has been withdrawn meaning he is now unable to fly.
“An airline must immediately inform us if a UK pilot has misused drink or drugs boarding, or being on board, an aircraft. In these cases we would immediately suspend the pilot’s medical which means they cannot fly,” a CAA spokesperson said.
“In most cases the pilot would have an assessment with an expert medical team and if they wished to return to flying then a comprehensive rehabilitation programme would be put in place. At the end of that process the medical would only be reinstated if we were completely satisfied.”