An American air hostess was three times the drink-drive limit after downing double shots of rum on board a passenger jet when it landed at Heathrow, a court heard.
United Airlines cabin crew member Susana Beldan, 52, was in full uniform when she downed 142ml of Palm 151 rum with a cocktail of sleeping and anxiety drugs in the plane toilet moments after the last passenger disembarked.
It is claimed she left the aircraft at around 7.50am with colleagues but was seen falling over as she staggered into a lift at Heathrow’s Terminal Two on December 4th last year.
But she was cleared of performing an aviation function while over the alcohol limit.
The mum-of-one was accused of being so drunk that she was “glassy eyed” and took “two steps forward and one step back” as she came off the plane.
The flight attendant of 31 years drank the rum mixed with over the counter sleeping medication Seroquel and also took her prescribed depression and anxiety medication Lexapro, Clonazepam and Bystolic.
She boarded a bus with other staff but concerned bosses tipped off police and the bus was stopped before Beldan was taken away in a wheelchair.
Beldan later gave a breathalyser reading of 90mg if alcohol per 100ml of breath, Uxbridge Magistrates Court heard.
The nine hour flight had arrived at London Heathrow from Huston at 7.25am, roughly 90 minutes before her arrest at 8.55am.
Beldan who flew into Britain from the United States to face trial, was found not guilty of performing an aviation function while over the alcohol limit.
Chair of the Bench Prakash Raithatha said: “You were a member of the United Airlines cabin crew at the time of the incident and you had in flight duties to perform.
“And on that day you were tested for alcohol, your readings were 90mg if alcohol per 100ml of breath and 223ml in 100ml of blood.
“We have heard no evidence that you were drinking or appeared drunk whilst performing your duties on the flight.
“But we find that at the time you took the alcohol that you were not performing an ancillary function and therefore find you not guilty.”