The flight was United Airlines 162 to Newark, New Jersey, and due to leave Glasgow Airport at 9 am on Sunday. However, police from Scotland arrested the pilots who were under suspicion of bring under the influence. Police said that the two men, 61-year-old and 45-year-old pilots were held under the section of a transportation safety law the covers job intoxication and impairment for aviation. There are legal alcohol limits for pilots and navigators and as pointed oub by the police, personnel are subject to breath tests. This is the 8th time we have seen such articles in the press in the past 3 months as Japanese (we are Tokyo based) and American pilots have been arrested and detailed on flights both domestic and international.
Laws are strict but surely these airlines should carry out programs to remind pilots and other in-flight personnel that drinking or being under the influence of any drug will only cause damage and even death, so harsh training and stiff penalties should be the reminder to potential law breakers. Who wants to board a plane with a pilot and co-pilot that have been in the bar downing Jack and Coke for two hours? We hope new training would prevent such behavior in the future.