Air Transat pilots arrested on suspicion of being drunk

Published on : Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Glasgow AirportTwo pilots of Air Transat were arrested from the Glasgow International Airport in Scotland on 18th July on the suspicion of being drunk. The pilots were about to fly a transatlantic passenger aircraft to Toronto, when the airline staff raised concern over the erratic behaviour of the two.



The entire aviation industry strictly follows a set of rules to ensure the safety of all the people onboard. One of those stern rules says that the pilots are not allowed to be drunk before boarding a flight. According to the Air Navigation Order, pilots are not allowed to intake any alcoholic beverages mid-flight.



The 37-year-old and 39-year-old pilots were arrested before they could fly the Air Transat A310 to Toronto at 1 pm local time. The Police Scotland informed that both the pilots would be appearing at the Paisley Sheriff Court shortly.



One of the police spokesperson stated that the men were arrested for being allegedly impaired through alcohol under the Section 93 of the Railway and Transport Safety Act 2003.



The Air Transat authorities informed that the flight was rescheduled after the arrest of the two employees and the passengers were accommodated in hotels by the airline.


Spokesperson for the airline stated that the airline came to know about the arrest on 18th July. He also informed that safety of passengers and the crew would always be the top priority of Air Transat.



The airline is currently waiting for the results of the investigation before making any other comments.



Some of the passengers got vexed for being ignored by the airlines authorities during the flight delay.



The airline later apologised to the passengers and they rescheduled another flight for them on 19th July at 10 am local time.

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