Air Astana Pilot Caught Flying ‘High’ – Immediately Fired

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Kazakhstan’s biggest airline (Air Astana) said on March 4, 2016 that it had fired a pilot who had a bag of marijuana discovered in his pocket following a flight. Subsequently, the pilot failed a drug test.  The Air Astana captain had just flown from Moscow, Russia to Almaty, Kazakhstan in an Airbus 320.  Reuters reported that he attracted the attention of a sniffer dog during a routine check at the airport.

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Upon further inspection, police found a small bag of marijuana in the pocket of the pilot’s coat and a test showed traces of the same drug in his body. A local newspaper (Vremya) reported that the pilot said he had smoked marijuana on the eve of the flight. Air Astana quickly said that it has fired the pilot.

Do you feel this was justified, or an overreaction on the part of the airline?

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