A pilot was arrested and his flight grounded after airport officials determined that he’d had too many early morning drinks before takeoff.
An agent of the Transportation Security Administration agent noticed the unidentified American Airlines acting strangely at a security checkpoint and conducted a breath test, which the suspect allegedly failed.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the co-pilot was “detained this morning under suspicion of having a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) over the legal limit when he arrived for his flight in Detroit.”
Flight 736, which was Philadelphia-bound, was supposed to take off about 7 a.m., but it was cancelled, leaving passengers stranded at the airport, according to ABC News.
A passenger, Amanda Albrecht wrote on Twitter. @AmericanAir pilot arrested (supposedly drunk), spring break busted #thanks #qualityhire #compensationplease