Two United Airlines pilots preparing to fly from Scotland to New Jersey, USA were on Saturday arrested before the flight for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol, according to police.
The two men, who are 35 and 45 years old, were arrested ahead of the flight out of Glasgow Airport for allegedly violating section 93 of the UK’s Railways and Transport Safety Act, Police Scotland said in a statement.
The regulation states that a pilot preparing to fly or flying cannot exceed a .02 Blood Alcohol Level, but authorities did not reveal what the two pilots registered.
The flight destined for Newark International Airport with 141 passengers was supposed to depart at 9 a.m. local time Saturday, but didn’t take off until 6:45 p.m. as the airline secured a replacement crew, said United Airlines spokeswoman Erin Benson. The flight landed at Newark on Saturday night.
Benson said the passengers were provided with meal vouchers and hotel accommodations by Glasgow Airport.
Benson said the pilots involved have been removed from service and flying duties. The airline is cooperating with a police investigation and conducting their own, she said.
The pilots are expected to be arraigned in Paisley, a Glasgow suburb, on Monday. It was unclear if they are American citizens or how long they have been employed with United Airlines.