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No booze for United pilots for 12 hours before flights, airline says

United Airlines has changed its policy on how soon before a flight its pilots can have a drink.

The airline’s pilots are now not allowed to have an alcoholic beverage for 12 hours before flights; a four hour increase over the previous limit.

The policy was revised on Aug. 10, a United Airlines spokeswoman told NJ Advance Media Tuesday night.

Pilots are not allowed to fly with a blood-alcohol content at or above 0.04 percent, which is half the legal limit for drivers, according to the FAA.

FAA guidelines state that pilots must go eight hours from “bottle to throttle.”

The change comes…

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