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Oct 20, 2009 1:26 PM by Associated Press

Pilot fired after alcohol test seeks reinstatement

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 by the pilots union in U.S. District Court in Denver on Monday says Capt. Gilbert Ponder was fired Oct. 1, 2008, after taking the test Sept. 25, 2008.

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 as a pilot.

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

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

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