2 drunk pilots arrested at Airport after ‘failing breathalyser before flight to New York’

TWO United Airline pilots were arrested at Glasgow Airport today for allegedly failing a breath test before boarding a flight to New York.

The men, aged 45 and 61, were about to board flight UA162 when they were nabbed by cops.

The pair have not been charged but remain in custody.

The flight was expected to take off for Newark Liberty International Airport at about 9am this morning, but was cancelled.

Police Scotland confirmed their officers were called to the airport at 7.35am.

A force spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that two men, aged 61 and 45, have been arrested and remain in police custody pending a scheduled court appearance on Tuesday 6 August for alleged offences under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 (Section 93).”

The Act covers carrying out pilot duties while under the influence of alcohol.

A United Airlines spokesman said
: “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

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.”

In 2017, two United Airline pilots were jailed for breaching drink-fly limits at Glasgow Airport.

First Officer Paul Grebenc, 35, was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

His colleague Carlos Roberto Licona, 45, was jailed for 15 months.

The pair were arrested while preparing to take off from Glasgow on August 27, 2016.