American flight attendant so drunk she can't walk straight, passes out mid-air is fired

Julianne March.
Julianne March. Photo credit: ABC / Screenshot / St Joseph's County Jail.

An American flight attendant allegedly so drunk she couldn't walk straight, slurred her speech and eventually passed out has reportedly been fired.

Last week, a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to South Bend Indiana tweeted that a flight attendant "appears to be quite drunk" mid-air.

"She is slurring her speech (she couldn't make it through the security announcement), couldn't walk straight/was bumping into everyone in the aisle, and kept dropping things."

The South Bend Tribune has now reported that on Thursday, the alleged woman - identified as Julianne March - was charged with misdemeanour public intoxication.

Air Wisconsin - which was operating the flight - told ABC that March, who was the sole attendant on the flight, is no longer an employee of the company.

The newspaper reported that she had been arrested after the plane landed, but was released the following day for a hearing later in August.

According to the charging documents cited by the South Bend Tribune, "a few passengers reported they felt scared for their lives based upon the apparent condition of Ms March".

She also reportedly didn't know where she was at the time and said she wasn't on medication. 

However, she did eventually reveal she had had two vodka shooters before the flight. A breathalyser test found she was five times over the legal limit for flight attendants.