Pilot terminated after alcohol test wants his job back


DENVER — A Frontier Airlines pilot who was fired after he took an alcohol test whose results came back positive is trying to get his job back.

A complaint filed Monday by the pilots union in U.S. District Court in Denver says Capt. Gilbert Ponder was fired Oct. 1, 2008, six days after taking the test.

The Frontier Airline Pilots Association says a board that acts like an arbitrator between employees and the airline concluded the termination was justified. However, the union says the board also found that the company and Ponder would be better served if Ponder got a chance for conditional reinstatement.

The union claims Frontier is refusing to abide by the ruling.

Frontier spokesman Steve Snyder says the company can’t comment on personnel matters.