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“Drunk” flight attendant jailed in Oslo

The British man was working for Norwegian but has since managed to get a job at British Airways.

A flight attendant currently working British Airways has been put behind bars for 50 days after arriving drunk for a flight at Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

The man, named as Terry Freemantle, aged 30, was at the time working for Norwegian but applied to join BA after his arrest, the British newspaper The Sun reports.

He failed a breath test before a morning flight to London Gatwick last July, showing three times the airline’s alcohol limit and six times Norway’s strict drink-drive law.

The random test before the 09:40 take-off discovered he had a 0.6% blood alcohol level, the limit being 0.2%.

After his arrest, Freemantle resigned from Norwegian and enrolled on a cabin crew course at British Airways without admitting the earlier crime, graduating in November. He then worked on flights to Singapore, Australia, South Africa and Nigeria.

“Do your time”
Appearing at Øvre Romerike District Court near Oslo, he admitted being over the limit, reportedly asking the judge, “I have a new job – is it possible for me not to go to jail or to go to jail in England?”

But he was told: “You have to do your time in Norway.”

“Conservative considerations weigh heavily in a case like this, where cabin crew report for duty on a flight. Cabin crew have significant responsibilities during a flight,” the judgment reads, as reported by local newspaper Romerikes Blad.

British Airways sources tell The Sun that Freemantle is likely to lose his job following an investigation.

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