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An airline pilot was arrested in the cockpit of his plane on suspicion of being drunk before take-off.

By Chris Irvine
Last Updated: 3:14PM BST 20 Oct 2008

The 44-year-old man was led off the plane by police following a breath test at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 1 on Sunday morning.
The Boeing 777 United Airlines flight had been scheduled to fly to San Francisco.
It is thought the police moved after being tipped off by a member of the airport's ground staff, who suspected the pilot had been drinking before the 5,300-mile flight.
A Metropolitan police spokeswoman said: "At approximately 9am on Sunday, officers attended an aircraft at Heathrow Terminal One and arrested a 44-year-old man.
"The man arrested is bailed to return to Heathrow police station on January 16 pending further enquiries."
A United Airlines statement said: "United's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for abuse of violation of this well-established policy.
"Safety is out No1 priority and the pilot has been removed from service while we are co-operating with authorities and conducting a full investigation."
One passenger told The Sun: "We couldn't believe what we were seeing. The pilot was marched off the aircraft.
"A couple of police officers stormed onto the plane as we were all sitting down and went straight for the cockpit.
"We didn't have a clue what was happening and we were kept waiting on the plan for hours."
The passenger added: "It is horrifying to think we were apparently so close to being flown thousands of miles by somebody who could have been drinking.
"It was a horrible start to our trip but if it wasn't for the person who called the cops, our dream holiday could have become a nightmare.
The legal limit for pilots is nine micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - more than three times stricter than the drink-drive limit which is 35 micrograms.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/3...lot-arrested-on-suspicion-of-being-drunk.html
 
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