Judge Janet Waddicor said Monaghan’s alcohol level was four times the limit for pilots.
“The limits are pitched deliberately low because of the responsibility which attaches to the job. The lives of the people on board are in the hands of the pilot‚” she told Monaghan.
“The people who live on the flight path are entitled to feel they are safe. It may be you would have got away with it because you say you weren’t aware you were over the limit.
“You say you were staggered at the reading and when the police reading was confirmed you resigned.”
British Airways was warned seven years ago that Monaghan posed a safety risk after he was involved in a drunken argument in a bar.