I will not fly America West again.
I read today on CNN about America West's removal of a passenger because that passenger asked whether they had "checked the crew for sobriety." Your spokesperson, Patty Nowack, stated, "While this passenger may have been joking it is difficult to determine if someone is joking or serious. We take any comment regarding safety seriously."
I value safety as much as any passenger, or airline for that matter, but the fact is that even if the passenger in question wasn't joking, they were enquiring as to the safety of their own flight and person.
Does your airline see the irony in checking passengers down to the toothpick and nail file for possible threats to safety, while at the same time ousting any passenger who attempts to so much as ask whether the crew is in a fit state to fly? Considering AW's track record this month, it's a fair concern.
I refuse to fly on an airline that participates in the hypocricy of screening passengers in every way possible, while providing no protocol for ensuring against pilot intoxication, and ousting any passenger concerned enough about their own safety to raise that issue.
In short, an airline which protects its pilots above its safety is not an airline I feel safe entrusting my life to.
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