Two United Airlines pilots, aged 45 and 61, were arrested at Glasgow Airport in Scotland on Saturday morning on suspicion of being intoxicated.
They failed a breath test prior to boarding the United Airlines flight 162 bound for Newark. was canceled following the arrests. Under Scottish law, the legal alcohol limit for pilots, navigators and other flight personnel subjected to breath tests is as 9 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliliters, less than half the drink-drive limit for motorists on the country's roads. The men are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. The law covers offences where aviation staff are intoxicated by either alcohol or drugs, with punishments of up to two years in prison or a fine if found guilty.
In 2017, two United Airline pilots were jailed for breaching drink-fly limits at Glasgow Airport. They were sentenced for 10 and 15 months. The company said the safety of their passengers and crew take 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," United Airlines said.