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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Alcoholic pilots and cabin crew

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Free and cheap access to alcohol plus loneliness may have contributed to some pilots and stewards to be alcoholics. A very small percentage of around 1% to 2% of the crew population of 9,000 (pilots & cabin crew) were alcoholics. I am not talking about the occasional social drinkers.
Most alcoholics were male crew. The bad thing was that most of these people were smokers too.
A cabin crew could easily "off-load" liquor from the aircraft bar for free. Some would filled up the 1.5 litre mineral water bottle with a choice of their alcoholic drinks like whisky ( most popular), brandy, vodka etc and bring them to their hotels to keep them company during their night-stops.
You may ask me how did they get the liquor free of charge? The answer is simple. All the crew had to do was to write off the amount of alcohol as "consumed" by their question asked by the airline.

One steward drank so much that he had to be literary carried down from his hotel room for his flight. Another who had his superior on the same dared not drink but later collapsed on arrival at their destination. He was diagnosed as suffering from ADE ( Alcohol Deprivation Effect). One senior steward was drunk to the extent he didn't realised his wig was worn the wrong way.

A pilot was sacked after another pilot from a foreign airline reported the former for being half drunk while checking out of his hotel for his flight.

Some pilots were nice to the senior stewards who were in charge of the bar so they could have their liquor "canisters" filled up free of charge.

There were crew who not only stole liquor for their consumption but sold them to outstation bars and restaurants for a small profit.

Just like a few girls who shoplifted to pass their time the guys drank like crazy.

Please note that the above happened during my time with the airline. I am not sure about the present day crew's activities during night-stops.


Anonymous said...

Hi do you still sell the SIA E-guides and do workshops?

Boh Tong said...

Still selling guide but seminar only next year. Visit

Anonymous said...

Hi, can you advise the salary range for silkair cabin crew - part time?

Boh Tong said...

Hi, can you advise the salary range for silkair cabin crew - part time?

I've have no idea,sorry

Anonymous said...

Same as macono crew. Around range of $1.4k