Police Arrests Pilots for Turning up for Duty Drunk

The police has arrested two pilots after a flight from Glasgow Airport to New Jersey was cancelled yesterday because they turned up ‘drunk’.

The flight, number UA162 to Newark in New Jersey, was due to leave Glasgow Airport at 9am, but was cancelled after the pair’s arrest.

They were arrested by police on suspicion of being under the influence of drink or drugs before boarding the United Airlines flight.

Both men are pilots, aged 61 and 45, a Police Scotland spokesman confirmed, and are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

He said, “Police Scotland can confirm that two men aged 61 and 45 years old have been arrested and remanded in custody pending a scheduled court appearance on Tuesday August 6 on suspicion of offences under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, section 97.’

Remarkably, the incident comes three years after two other United Airlines pilots were arrested for being drunk before flying the Glasgow Airport to Newark route.

First Officer Paul Grebenc, 35, was sentenced to 10 months in prison while his colleague Carlos Roberto Licona, 45, was jailed for 15 months for attempting to fly while under the influence of alcohol.

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