While the FAA has apparently favored the IDAHO STATESMAN with responses to Freedom of Information requests filed by all the local media, including the GUARDIAN, it appears they waited four days to test air traffic controllers suspected of illegal drug use. The FAA staffers supposedly passed their urine tests, according to spokesman Ian Gregor who also said both controllers were returned to duty soon after the incident.
Gregor’s assertion may be meaningless in light of the delay in testing. The Statesman reports, “According to Quest Diagnostics, a company that provides employer drug screenings, urine tests typically detect drug usage from 1 to 3 days before the test was administered.” Internet research indicates frequency of use and fat cells also play a role in the time frame for detection of weed use.
The Statesman reports today that FAA officials revealed urine tests for use of marijuana were conducted on November 23 following a November 19 incident where aircraft could not contact the control tower. See details below.
We have previously REPORTED about and updated readers regarding the incident where Boise coppers smelled marijuana at the BOI airport tower in the middle of the night of November 19 after aircraft were unable to establish communications.
Here is the latest status report from the FAA:
“This email is to notify you of the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding a November 19, 2016, incident at the Boise Tower. Your request was received in our office on December 16, 2016, and was clarified and amended on December 22,2016. At this time we are still working to process your request. We are not yet prepared to release records, although we may be in a position to provide an interim response as responsive records become available for release.”
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