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Delta Flight Attendant Kept off Buffalo to Atlanta Flight

4:48 PM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY-- A Delta Airlines flight attendant was removed from flying Wednesday morning after a TSA agent at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport thought he was acting 'unusual'.

The incident happened at the security checkpoint.   The flight attendant was scheduled to work Delta Flight #1266 from Buffalo to Atlanta. Delta says it removed the crew member from the flight.

The flight attendant had already cleared the checkpoint, but a TSA supervisor and screening manager believed they smelled alcohol on the male flight attendant. 

According an NFTA Police report, "the TSA personnel stated that they believed the subject's actions led to believe a possibility of intoxication. Upon arrival, the Captain of the flight which was scheduled to depart was interviewing the (flight attendant) on the jetway.

The TSA says at no time was there a concern about security.

The flight was delayed for three hours. It was scheduled to take off at 6:15 a.m.

Passengers waited in the gate area until another flight attendant joined the crew.

Delta Airlines issued this statement regarding the incident:

"Delta was contacted by the TSA early Wednesday morning re: an allegation that a flight attendant appeared unfit for duty. Delta takes these allegations very seriously and is working to confirm if the allegation is accurate. As a precaution, the attendant was removed from flying. Delta apologizes for the delay customers on Flight 1266 encountered while traveling to Atlanta."

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