2 pilots arrested for attempting to fly while intoxicated

The two United pilots are scheduled to appear in court in Scotland after being apprehended before a flight from Glasgow to Newark, New Jersey.
2:20 | 08/06/19

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We are back with the latest on a pilot arrest before boarding a flight to New Jersey. The pilot is in court today and David Kerley has the story. Good morning, David. Reporter: We reported on a couple of these incidents in the past week and you might be surprised. It happensore than you might think. The 9:00 A.M. United flight from Glasgow to Newark never took off. This morning the 61-year-old captain is scheduled to be in court to answer charges he had too much alcohol in his system. Even before making it to the cockpit Scottish police say someone noticed a smell of alcohol. Breathalyzer tests led to the arrest of both pilots. The first officer was later released but the flight was canceled. I can think of no rational reason why any airline pilot should ever show up with duty with any appreciable ability of alcohol in the bloodstream. Reporter: United says it has a, quote, strict no tolerance policy for alcohol. Strangely nearly three years ago to the day two other united pilots were arrested in Glasgow ready to fly that same flight. Both over the limit for alcohol, both serving two months in a Scottish jail. Just last week a delta pilot in Minneapolis pulled out of a cockpit after acting strangely at a checkpoint. A bottle of vodka found in a rest room he visited. For a pilot he looked a little disheveled. Reporter: That pilot has not been charged yet. On average about once a month in the U.S. A pilot is arrested for alcohol. A breathalyzers showed this pilot over the limit. But a blood test found only traces. The charges were dropped and this jetblue pilot who faced 15 years in prison three years ago for flying two flights drunk. Did you put 270 passengers at No comment. Reporter: Avoided prosecution by giving up his pilot license. At last report he was working in a grocery store. The alcohol limit for pilots is 0.04%. Just half of what it is for drivers in the U.S. The lives of our passengers absolutely depend on airline pilots being stone cold sober at all times in the air. Reporter: You've heard about no tolerance and the professionalism among pilots. It's often a tip-off of a pilot acting strangely or an odor that leads to some ofhese arrests. Guys. I'm surprised it's not 0 instead of 0.04. Any is too much for me.

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