The pilots’ union made reference to a statement issued by the airline less than a week after the incident refuting the passenger’s claim, expressing its gratitude to LIAT “for clearing the air and letting the public know that the pilot was completely innocent” of the allegation.
However, LIALPA said it was not enough to defend the pilot’s reputation and the passenger ought not escape punishment.
“Based on precedent, we are not satisfied with LIAT simply saying that no findings or action was taken by any airport or other authority on the passenger’s allegation. Therefore, we await the company informing us of the actions it will take against this disruptive passenger,” it said.
“LIALPA wishes to state categorically that we were never in doubt that our pilot was innocent of the mischievous allegation and we continue to stand unequivocally in support of our pilot. We will also do whatever is necessary to protect our pilot’s reputation and will explore all avenues in doing so,” the statement added.
LIALPA also said it regretted the disruption and subsequent cancellation of the flight.
In its statement on December 19 LIAT had said the pilot had voluntarily submitted to independent testing by medical professionals here.
“As expected, all results were negative,” the LIAT statement said at the time.