Flight Attendant Charged After Passengers Report Intoxication

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A flight attendant aboard a flight from Chicago to South Bend has been charged with public intoxication.

In a separate interview with WISN-TV, Scherb said March was "stumbling and staggering back and forth and bumping into passengers as she was kind of zigzagging across the aisle".

Prosecutors charged Julianne March, 49, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, after she was arrested on August 2. The flight attendant said she was in Chicago, ABC News reported. Court documents say she smelled of alcohol and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20%.

Scherb later told the South Bend Tribune that he saw March fall asleep in the jumpseat shortly after take-off. In another citation from the documents it reads, "A few passengers reported they felt scared for their lives based upon the apparent condition of Ms. March".

Once March was off the plane, she took a Breathalyzer test.

Though reps for United Airlines did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment, a spokesperson for Air Wisconsin told the News Democrat that March is no longer employed with the carrier.

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

On her way to the St. Joseph County Jail, she told an officer she had two vodka "shooters" before arriving to work that morning, according to the Tribune.

Forty-nine-year-old Julianne March of Waukesha, Wisconsin, faces an August 29 initial hearing after being charged Thursday.

Under Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, the alcohol limit for all aviation-sensitive positions - including pilot, flight attendant, and mechanic - is.04.

"We will continue to cooperate with local authorities and assist them as necessary", the Air Wisconsin rep told the outlet.

Scherb spoke to ABC News about the compensation he received for the incident, saying United Airlines offered him $500 or 25,000 miles. United Airlines apparently didn't get the memo because the woman was sacked and subsequently charged with endangering passengers.

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