Pilot Arrested After Allegedly Showing Up Drunk for Flight

TSA noticed him acting strangely
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2016 1:23 PM CDT
Pilot Arrested After Allegedly Showing Up Drunk for Flight

Nervous flyers should stop reading now. ABC News reports an American Airlines co-pilot was arrested Saturday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after allegedly showing up for work drunk. The unnamed pilot was was acting strangely and was reported by TSA, according to the New York Daily News. Officials say he was given a breathalyzer test, which recorded a BAC above the 0.04% legal limit for pilots. "This is a serious matter," ABC quotes an American Airlines statement. "We will handle this matter appropriately as the safety and care of our customers and employees is our highest priority."

The pilot's flight to Philadelphia was canceled, leading to some cranky passengers. "American Air pilot arrested (supposedly drunk), spring break busted #thanks #qualityhire #compensationplease," tweeted one. Another passenger posted a photo of three women napping on a bench at the airport to Instagram with the caption: "When your pilot gets drunk, your flight gets cancelled, and you've been up since 2am #sprangbreak." (More American Airlines stories.)

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