Drunk Delta Flight Attendant Fined Just Over $700

A Delta Air Lines flight attendant has been hit with $700 for turning up for duty while drunk. The crew member boarded a flight at London Heathrow on June 16 while seven times over the legal limit.

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A Delta flight attendant has been penalized by a court in the United Kingdom. Photo: Airbus

The Daily Mail reports that last week, a panel of magistrates at Uxbridge handed Lemara Thompson the fine. She has also been ordered to pay an extra £85 ($112) in costs, bringing the charge to around $900.

Why the fine?

This penalty followed Thompson’s admission to being over the limit while boarding on her flight. The 27-year old was scrutinized by officers at the airport after reports of her smelling of alcohol.


Subsequently, the New Yorker failed a preliminary breath test. This was before later tests found that her blood alcohol level was 135mg per 100ml of blood. For comparison, the legal limit for performing duties in the air is 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.


Representing the prosecuting party in court, solicitor Shaan Sethi spoke of the incident that happened during the summer.

“Officers were called to a control post at Heathrow Airport to reports that the defendant, who is a member of Delta [Air Lines] cabin crew, had passed through a security arch smelling of alcohol,” Sethi said, as reported by The Daily Mail.


“She failed a preliminary breath test. A blood sample was taken and toxicology reports showed that she had 135mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.”

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The Delta employee faced questions by airport security. Photo: Airbus

“Horrible mistake”

However, in defense of Thompson, legal representative Dan Martin said that she hadn’t been drinking the same day as the flight. He states that the defendant was still feeling the effects from the night before.

“The defendant made, in her own words, a horrible mistake – she jeopardized everything she had worked so hard to achieve in life,” Martin shared, according to the report.

“She is extremely remorseful. This wasn’t a case of her having drunk prior to the flight, she was drinking the night before, which is unusual for her.”

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The flight attendant’s actions were out of character according to here legal representative Photo: Airbus

Fair outcome?

Martin concludes that Thompson made a huge error of judgment by attending her place of work the next day. Despite being penalized in court, the attendant has kept her job after going through Delta’s disciplinary proceedings.

The airline has said that it cooperated with officials in their investigation and it treats all allegations seriously, as per its strict employee alcohol policy. 

There will no doubt be mixed opinions on the outcome of the incident. With an employee being so intoxicated while serving on a flight, there could have been a serious situation.

This isn’t the first time this month that a Delta flight attendant has been in trouble. An employee on a $250k salary was fired for stealing milk.

Simple Flying reached out to Delta for further comment on the incident involving the drunk flight attendant. We will update the article with any further announcements.

Do you think that the flight attendant’s penalty is fair? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.


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Gerry S

Entirely fair. Attorney says she was drinking “the night before”? And still reeked of booze a day later? Doubt that. No need to fire the lady. Discipline handled in-house. Delta’s great.

Fly Fly Fly

Are you a flight attendant? Couldn’t be. I suppose delta s great for firing a 79 year old at the top pay scale for supposedly stealing a milk carton, but allows alcohol abuse, not great. As a flight attendant of over 38 years , my airline has strict zero tolerance for alcohol. It’s a 12 hour rule and if the blood alcohol is this high they re terminated and would most definitely be within 12 hours. Sad delta takes the chance of drunk flight attendants onboard, whilst putting everyone at risk. delta is not great. I’ve seen it for years… Read more »

Gerry S

All I am saying FFF is that Delta is a responsible and very trusted airline who can self-police. They care about their employees (who reject unionizing) and will no doubt attempt rehabilitation before outright firings. Details about incident and employee are known only to them. All others speculate. And no. I am not an FA. I don’t have them on my a/c. I have loadmasters. But if I owned an airline and an FA made more than my senior pilots did and stole anything, they will be gone, gone, gone. Let’s give this gal a chance huh. Delta did. More… Read more »


Salary has got nothing to with it.
Blood alcohol seven (7) times above the legal limit (Only guessing what it must have been the night before) and wondering how she would act in a case of an emergency … compared with a carton of milk.
By the way, did you buy the pen in your pocket ?

Gerry S

No. It is issued. What’s your point?


NO one cares what airline you work for sis but the 12 hour rule sounds real regional-ish though.

People make mistakes. I’m glad she got a second chance. She’s likely been ordered to treatment and increased random drug and alcohol screenings.

Gerry S

That’s what I believe too. Everyone has a flaw. And only Fly Fly Fly is perfect. Lucky lady.