Norwegian Flight Crew Member “Must Have Drunk in Her Sleep”: Sentenced to Prison for Alcohol Level in Blood

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LONDON – A female member of the Norwegian Air flight crew has been sentenced to prison for having too much alcohol in her blood, offering a ridiculous excuse that she “must have drunk in her sleep”.

The Civil Aviation Act in Norway dictates that you must have less than 0.2 per thousand in terms of alcohol level. When this person was tested, two blood tests highlighted that she had 0.37 per thousand.

It is understood that the woman had attended a birthday party on the previous day, but stopped drinking at some point in the afternoon which would have been within the rule of not drinking alcohol 12 hours before a flight.

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The humorous element to her excuse was that “she must have got up at night and drank rose wine”, according to a report from Aviation24, and blamed this on various health problems and general pressure to go to work.

The District Court in Norway labelled this as a “fabrication”:

The court assumes that drinking alcohol in your sleep is not common. Furthermore, one is faced with a relatively “targeted” and concrete action in a sleeping state, where the accused must have got up at night, poured herself wine, and drank it in the kitchen/living room (as the court understood it was the wine open from before), and then went to lie down in her bed again.

The woman had since been sentenced to prison for 36 days, and has voluntarily resigned from Norwegian as a result of her actions.

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