A 37-year-old Delta pilot was taken off a fully boarded plane which was due to fly from Minneapolis to San Diego, on Tuesday morning, at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.
Gabriel Lyle Schroeder from Rosemount, Minnesota, was arrested a little after 11 a.m. local time after an investigation was conducted by airport police. Authorities found a container of alcohol in Schroeder's possession once he was taken into custody. Other employees around Schroeder suspected that he was intoxicated because they could smell the booze on his breath. Delta spokeswoman Kate Modolo confirmed the airline is working with local authorities. No formal charges were immediately filed against Schroeder and any formal complaint is pending the results of toxicology tests, which could take as long as a week.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
The passengers who had boarded the plane, Delta Flight 1728, disembarked after Schroeder was taken off the plane. Delta Airlines released a statement to media writing "Delta's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation.”