Aaron Scherb, a passenger on Flight 4849, attempted to send a message to United Airlines Twitter account to express concerns about a potentially intoxicated flight attendant. Before the flight took off from O & # 39; Hare International Airport without March confirming that the cabin was secure, Scherb tells Yahoo Lifestyle that he quickly tweeted what he and other concerned passengers suspected – that their attendance was "full (or high) and had gone outside. "
" Hey United, our flight attendant seems to be pretty full on this from ORD to SBN, "Scherb tweeted on August 2." All the passengers seem to recognize it. This is appalling. ”
It seems that all the passengers recognize it. This is appalling
– Aaron Scherb (@aaronscherb) August 2, 2019
According to Scherb's report, March seemed to be in full drunkenness during the flight, and too intoxicated to attach his own seatbelt.
"After we were in the air, a female passenger toward the front of the plane noticed that the flight attendant did not have the seatbelt on and helped strap her in," Scherb told Yahoo Lifestyle in an email.
Scherb says he approached the pilot after the flight landed at South Bend International airport to report in March, recommending that she not be on the return trip. However, it appears the pilots already suspected something was wrong – two police officers waited until March at the gate to escort the attendance of the flight.
According to court documents, March began to cry as South Bend International Police Officers approached. When officers asked March where she was, she incorrectly responded, "Chicago."
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Mars and the entire crew operating the aircraft on August 2 were employed by Air Wisconsin, a regional carrier for United Airlines. Since learning about the incident, Air Wisconsin says they have fired in March.
"The flight attendant involved in this incident is no longer employed by Air Wisconsin," reads a statement from the company. "We will continue to work with local authorities and assist them as needed."
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On August 8, March was charged with a misdemeanor for public intoxication." … In the intoxication state caused by the person's use of alcohol or controlled substance, and Julianne Elizabeth March threatened another person's life … the passengers on the run, "reads a St. Joseph County court document.  Passengers allegedly told local law enforcement" they felt scared of their lives. " to Yahoo Lifestyle that he was later contacted by a United Airlines representative who offered him a $ 500 or $ 25,000 coupon in addition to a refund for the current Scherb says he has not yet accepted because he finds the answer "inadequate."
"Given that the safety and well-being of all 50 passengers on that flight were compromised, I think United's response is inadequate, especially since United had just given a $ 1200 coupon to a passenger on United aircraft 4849 when we were about to board because the flight was oversold, "says Scherb.
Despite his dissatisfaction with United Airlines and Air Wisconsin, he says he hopes airlines will get the help they need in March.
"I hope that United Airlines and Air Wisconsin treat this person as an employee, not as a consumer product, and that they will help her get treatment for addiction, if that is in fact what she is suffering from," says Scherb. "Given the significant safety and security roles that flight attendants have, United should consider implementing zero tolerance policy for flight attendants in the future."
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