Flight attendant arrested after passenger concern: She ‘appears to be quite drunk’

Andrew Cummings
August 9, 2019

United Airlines apparently didn't get the memo because the woman was sacked and subsequently charged with endangering passengers.

Now, the woman can face up to six months in jail.

Julianne March, 49, of Waukesha, Wis., was charged Thursday by St. Joseph's County prosecutors in connection with an August 2 incident on a flight from Chicago to South Bend, the South Bend Tribune reported.

A picture on the South Bend Tribune website shows March sleeping in the jump seat. Passengers later fastened her seatbelt for her.

"Our flight attendant appears to be quite drunk", he wrote online.

The attendant then went on to make a "slurred" security announcement and knocked into passengers while walking down the aisle before appearing to pass out in her seat without fastening her seat belt, he said.

"All the passengers seem to recognize it too", Scherb continued.

March was a probationary flight attendant who was only working a few months and was sacked because she didn't complete the probationary time period, a source told ABC News.

United Airlines did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment, but Air Wisconsin told PEOPLE that "the flight attendant involved in this incident is no longer employed by Air Wisconsin".

"A few passengers reported they felt scared for their lives based upon the apparent condition of Ms. March", charging documents detailed, as per the Tribune. Her blood alcohol level was found to be twice the legal limit.

The South Bend Tribune reports that when the plane landed in South Bend, officers removed March.

"We are investigating the situation and fully cooperating with the local authorities", the regional airline said.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, chimed in on the story, WISN-TV reported.

Upon landing, Scherb notified the pilots of her behavior who said they were already aware and had told officials on the ground.

He said their response was not sufficient as passengers' safety was jeopardized. Paul International Airport on suspicion of being intoxicated, reports said.

In similar headlines, an July 31, a Delta Air Lines pilot was arrested at Minneapolis-St.

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