United Airlines pilots arrested in Scotland for ‘being intoxicated’

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Two United pilots have been arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

Police in Scotland say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs before a scheduled flight from Glasgow Airport to New Jersey.

 

Flight UA162 scheduled to depart at 9 A.M on Sunday was cancelled after the two men were arrested.

 

The pilots, aged 61 and 45, have not yet been charged but will remain in custody and appear in court on Tuesday 6 August.

 

United Airlines released a statement following the incident saying: “We hold all of our employees to the highest standards and have a strict, no tolerance policy for alcohol.

 

“These pilots were immediately removed from service and we are fully cooperating with local authorities.

 

“At this time, we are working to get our customers back on their journey as soon as possible.”

 

Incredibly, two United Airlines pilots were jailed for breaching drink-fly limits at Glasgow Airport in 2017.