Saturday, April 07, 2007

Whoa, you mean an excuse like that can actually work?

The pilot arrested for drinking and flying has been cleared of all charges. The reason?
A pilot arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit has been cleared after tests found heavy dieting had caused his breath to smell like drink.

The Virgin Atlantic employee - held at Heathrow on 31 March before a flight to New York - had failed a breathalyser.

But samples taken from the 47-year-old prove his blood-alcohol level was consistent with a non-drinker.

Scientists say low-carbohydrate diets can produce acetone in the body, which may fool breath test equipment.

The long-serving pilot was said to have been on a heavy diet for a long period.

Acetone is a substance produced by the body as it tries to make up the glucose absent from low-carbohydrate diets.

Wayne Jones, a professor in experimental alcohol research at the University of Linkoping in Sweden, told the BBC breathalysers can sometimes fail to distinguish acetone from drink.

Professor of experimental alcohol research? Sweet. I think I earned my honorary degree at Iowa State but making it official might be a good idea.

Personally, I think cops should start pulling over Jared from the Subway ads to get him a fake DUI so I don't have to see his dumb face on my TV anymore.

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