American Airlines Pilot Arrested Just Before Transatlantic Takeoff on Suspicion of Being Drunk

American Airlines Pilot ArrestedUPDATED: 2019/02/10

Just a few minutes before he was scheduled to take off from Manchester Airport, an American Airlines pilot has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk. Officers were called to the airport on Thursday, February 7th, after receiving a report that a pilot “may have been under the influence of alcohol.”

The 62-year-old man was arrested and bailed pending further inquiries; he remains unnamed. The flight was cancelled in the wake of his arrest.

In a statement, American Airlines said that there was indeed an employee who had been detained. They added, “Safety is our highest priority and we apologize to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans.”