File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, a waning moon rises in the distance as a passenger jet takes off at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Every few months, a pilot somewhere in the world is stopped before a jet takes off because of suspicion of drunkenness.Each day, there are 90,000 flights around the world, carrying more than 8 million people. Don't think this will end the pilots' careers.U.S. rules prohibit pilots from flying if they have a blood-alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher.Pilots must also wait several hours after having a drink to fly. Last year, random alcohol tests were given to 12,480 U.S. pilots. With that stricter policy, 43 pilots tested positive for alcohol before flights last year, according to India's civil-aviation agency.The pilot is interviewed monthly by a flight manager and a committee of other pilots.Back in the U.S., there are a handful of cases where pilots were caught actually flying passengers drunk.An Alaska Airlines pilot was charged with being drunk on two 2014 flights between Oregon and California.The three pilots had been out at a bar the prior night.
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