Police arrest two United Airlines pilots over alcohol
TWO United Airlines pilots were nabbed on suspicion
of being under the influence
of alcohol in Scotland on Saturday as they were about to fly to the United States, police and the airline said.
Police Scotland said the two men, aged 35 and 45, were detained under a section of the Railways and Transport Safety Act, which covers carrying out pilot function or activity while exceeding the prescribed limit of alcohol.
The men were expected to appear in court in Paisley, near Glasgow, yesterday.
The flight from Glasgow to Newark Airport, New Jersey, carrying 141 passengers, eventually took off nearly
10 hours late on Saturday evening with a new crew,
the airline said.
United said two pilots had been removed from service and their flying duties.
"We're collaborating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation," said
spokesman Erin Benson.
The pilots were arrested in the cockpit shortly before the flight to the New Jersey airport was due to depart,
the BBC reported.