The AP says:
United Airlines says 1 of its pilots has been arrested by police for being over the legal alcohol limit.
The airline says the first officer was due to join the crew of flight 955 from London’s Heathrow Airport to San Francisco when he was arrested early Sunday morning. London’s Metropolitan Police say the 44-year-old was arrested following a breath test but has since been bailed.
Fox News has some quotes from horrified passengers who witnessed the pilot being marched off the plane:
“A couple of police officers stormed on to the plane as we were all sitting down and went straight for the cockpit.
“We didn’t have a clue what was happening and we were kept waiting on the plane for hours.
“It is horrifying to think we were apparently so close to being flown thousands of miles by somebody who could have been drinking.”
United Airlines issued a statement about the incident:
“United Airlines’ alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have absolutely no tolerance for abuse or violation of this well-established policy.
“Safety is our number one priority and the pilot has been removed from service while we are co-operating with the authorities and conducting a full investigation.
Pilot arrested after failing breath test [Reuters]
‘Drunk’ United Airlines Pilot Arrested Before Takeoff [Fox News]
Pilot arrested in UK for being over alcohol limit [WHBF]
Pilot Arrested at Heathrow Following Breath Test[WSJ Middle Seat Blog]
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