Delta pilot removed from plane on suspicion of intoxication

The pilot was taken off a fully boarded plane at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, officials said.
2:05 | 07/31/19

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Transcript for Delta pilot removed from plane on suspicion of intoxication
Hard to watch. We'll talk about a close call at the airport. A delta pilot arrested Tuesday accused of being drunk just before he was set to fly. David Kerley joins us and has all the details. David, good morning. Reporter: Good morning. It was TSA officers like these working in Minneapolis on the security line that is dedicated just for crew members that noticed that the delta pilot was acting strangely. This morning, officials tell us the delta pilot was in the security line when he noticed TSA officers conducting additional screening. The pilot reportedly turns around leaving the line, returning later when no additional screening was under way and was able to pass through but already suspicious they smelled alcohol and alerted police. The 37-year-old pilot was in the cockpit doing preflight checks for the flight to San Diego when police arrived. Once we got right to the plane they said hold up. Perp walked the guy out. There was a side door that led to the tarmac. Reporter: An airport spokesperson said they found an alcohol bottle in the pilot's bag and administered two sobriety tests, the pilot failing one. Results for the second aren't back. For a pilot he looked a little dishevelled, the white but it was dire need of an ironing. You know, it was kind of a Schleppy look. The other looked like he walked out of "Gq." Reporter: This pilot suspected under similar circumstances but was cleared a month later when a blood test showed little alcohol in his system. Now, pilots have a stricter standard than of he of us. It's 0.04 alcohol level and delta has one of the strictest policies in the industry and zero tolerance for violations and say they're cooperating with the authorizes in Minneapolis. As for the folks we talked to that passenger, they did make it to San Diego. They had to wait for another pilot to get there. Guys, back to you. I don't think anyone minded waiting for that other pilot. Good thing those TSA agents picked up on it. New developments in that mystery surround the death of a

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