Manners: Drunken Flying

That murderous byproduct of the gasoline age—the drunken driver—is moving into the sky. In 1961 private planes were in 54 accidents in which alcohol was involved—38 of them fatal.

"We are finding more and more examples of the brave World War II hero who after about three beers goes out and borrows, or leases, or steals an airplane and flies it," said Federal Aviation Agency Chief Najeeb E. Halaby. FAA's Director of Flight Standards George C. Prill confirms that drunken flying is increasing, and that the agency is trying to figure out how to deal with it.


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