LAW: Drug Testing For Highflyers

LAW: Drug Testing For Highflyers

The last thing an airline passenger wants is a pilot whose head is in the clouds. The Supreme Court last week reduced the likelihood of getting one when it let stand a Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring a "comprehensive antidrug program" -- random, unannounced urine tests. The action affects more than half a million workers in the air-travel industry, including flight crews and air-traffic controllers.

A San Diego airline pilot launched the legal challenge to the FAA rule, citing Fourth Amendment prohibitions of unreasonable searches. San Francisco's Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FAA, and the high court leaves...

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