Letting your hair down has a cost

I’m sure that you’ve heard about the recent high flying behaviour of two Research In Motion employees. You have to wonder just how much alcohol they consumed to ‘chew’ through their restraints and cause the aircraft to actually turn around and land for the safety of all.

The two RIM employees are certainly at fault for creating the unacceptable situation, but were actions of others a contributing factor to their drunken and disorderly conduct? Were they overserved alcohol in the airport lounge prior to the flight? Were they overserved on the flight? (I don’t know why alcohol is even served on flights…I think that you’re just asking for problems.) If they were drunk prior to the flight couldn’t the airline have denied them boarding in the interest of safety of other passengers? Airline policies need to be in place and enforced to protect passengers from similar situations happening again.

Does going on a business trip equal going to a party where alcohol consumption is expected and even encouraged? Is it a cultural norm of a society inundated with alcohol that employees are to ‘let their hair down’ when on business trips? 

According to the media, these particular employees not only let their hair down but were reportedly unruly with the flight attendants and had to be restrained. Hmmmm, too bad these ‘gentlemen’ didn’t follow the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines. That choice would have been easier to swallow than a seven figure fine, loss of their jobs and the embarrassment of the media coverage.

Author: Diane RN

I'm a Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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