Published on Friday, December 6, 2019

Delta flight attendant keeps job despite being seven times over the legal alcohol limit

A Delta Air Lines cabin crew member has escaped with a fine and kept her job despite being caught nearly seven times over the legal alcohol limit while on duty.

Lemara Thompson, of Brooklyn, says she made a 'horrible mistake' while on a stopover in London.

The 27-year old flight attendant admitted being over the legal limit while on duty at London Heathrow Airport.

Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard Thompson failed an initial breath test and further tests found her blood alcohol level was 135mg per 100ml of blood.

The UK's legal limit is 20mg.

"Officers were called to a control post at Heathrow Airport to reports that the defendant had passed through a security arch smelling of alcohol," said prosecutor Shann Sethi.

"The defendant made, in her own words, a horrible mistake - she jeopardized everything she had worked so hard to achieve in life. She is extremely remorseful," said defending counsel Dan Martin.

Martin said Thompson had undergone disciplinary proceedings with Delta but had managed to keep her job.

She also managed to avoid a prison sentence but was fined £548 plus £85 in court costs.

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