A British Airways pilot has been sacked after boasting to a flight attendant about a very “naughty” layover in South Africa fueled by every conceivable debauchery then trying to fly a packed aircraft to London with booze and drugs still in his system.
“Naughty” British Airways Pilot Boasts About Debauched Layover
I guess it goes without saying that if you are going to go out and party during your rest period between flights, you probably should not boast about it 1.) especially to a flight attendant 2.) if you are a pilot 3.) assigned to operate the return flight.
is was first officer for British Airways, married man, and father of one. But common sense evaded him during a layover in Johannesburg, South Africa and he proceeded to spend the night with:
Think orgies and snorting cocaine off the chest of topless women…
Apparently, he ran into “two local lads” as well as a female Welsh holidaymaker and a “young Spanish bird” at a bar…and the rest is history.
I’m not going to quote the text messages verbatim, but let’s just say they are extremely graphic (you can read them here). Yes, Beaton decided to boast to a flight attendant about what happened:
“I’ve been a very naughty boy.”
Then Beaton showed up to pilot the British Airways’ Boeing 777 back to London (LHR). It may have been a friend he confided in, but with the flight full and 300 souls at risk, she reported him to authorities who conducted a drug test.
The flight was canceled, costing British Airways over £100,000.
Beaton was then flown as a passenger to London the following day where he was drug tested again. This time, the alcohol has passed through his system, but the cocaine showed up.
And he was sacked.
British Airways has offered a very detailed explanation:
“This individual no longer works for us.”
I want to commend the flight attendant for reporting her friend. That sort of behavior is unbecoming of a pilot and she may have been criminally liable had she ignored the threat and something happened during the flight. As sad as it is to rat on a friend, sometimes there is no other way.
A British Airways pilot has been fired after a drug-fueled night with strangers he met in a bar in South Africa. When he reported to work to pilot the flight home, a flight attendant he boasted to about the incident thankfully ratted him out.
Rather than lament for Beaton and express hope that he gets the “help” he needs, I hope he realizes that his evening cost him his career and may now cost him his marriage. This sort of debauchery is simply not worthwhile.