According to United Airlines and Scottish police officials, a flight from Glasgow, Scotland, to Newark, New Jersey, was called off over this weekend when two airline pilots were arrested for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol.
The Scottish police made a statement saying that the two individuals were detained at the airport prior to boarding in relation to a law that prohibits a person from “carrying out pilot functions or activity while exceeding the prescribed limit of alcohol.”
According to the police, the pilots (45 and 61 years old) “have been arrested and remain in police custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday 6th August 2019”.
United Airlines spokesman, Jonathan Guerin, said that the pilots were instantly suspended from service. “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We hold all of our employees to the highest standards and have a strict, no tolerance policy for alcohol,” says Guerin.
After the pilots were arrested, flight UA162 was cancelled and the passengers were compensated with hotel and meal vouchers, and they were also booked on a different flight.
The Delta occurrence
The incident occurred just a few days after a Delta pilot was taken off a plane at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. The pilot was arrested on the belief that he was intoxicated due to alcohol consumption.
Spokeswoman for Delta, Kate Modolo, made a statement verifying that the airline was working with the local authorities.
“Delta’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation. Delta is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation,” according to the statement.
As more and more of these events are surfacing, there is no doubt that alcohol usage among airline pilots is a common phenomenon. As pilots are forced to experience many hours of concentration on long flights, it’s no surprise that they would rely on some substance or another to make the trip more bearable. However, they are typically responsible for the lives of dozens of passengers, so the intolerance for this kind of behaviour is completely warranted.