United Airlines Pilots Arrested on Alcohol Charges in Scotland During Boarding
Two United Airlines pilots were arrested in the cockpit on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol as passengers were boarding the aircraft to fly from Glasgow to New York.
The pilots, whose ages – 35 and 45 – but not names were released, were held by police in the cockpit shortly before the scheduled 9 a.m. BST departure.
The flight, which carried 141 passengers, eventually took off at 7:15 p.m. with a new flight and cabin crew on board.
The two men were charged with offences under the Railways and Transport/Safety Act of 2003, which covers “carrying out pilot function or activity while exceeding the prescribed limit of alcohol.” They are to make a court appearance at Paisley Sheriff Court near Glasgow on Monday.
A United spokesman said that the two pilots have been removed from service and their flying duties until the investigation has been completed.
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