WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Authorities from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport booked and detained a Delta pilot after being found to be intoxicated before a flight.
- Smelling of booze and carrying a bottle, 37-year-old Gabriel Lyle Schroeder was promptly cuffed by the airport police and taken out of a fully boarded plane.
- Airport officials said they became suspicious of Schroeder when he left the screening line for crew members when a 2nd checkup was being held.
A Delta pilot suspected of being intoxicated was removed from a fully boarded plane in Minneapolis and arrested by police, says news reports.
When Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport authorities found Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, 37, smelling strongly of alcohol and even carrying a bottle of booze, he was immediately handcuffed and detained.
Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told CNN that Schroeder drew suspicions from officers when he was spotted leaving the pre-boarding TSA screening line upon seeing that an additional screening for crew members was being carried out.
Although he returned to the queue, authorities already reported him to the Minneapolis Airport Police. According to the local station ABC 5, after two sobriety checks, one confirmed that Schroeder was indeed under the influence of alcohol while result from the other test is still pending.
While other reports also said that the pilot was holding a bottle of an unspecified kind of alcohol, fellow employees also suspected Schroeder of being drunk because they could smell alcohol on his breath.
According to Hogan, no formal charges were filed against the pilot and any formal complaint awaits the results of toxicology tests which might take a week.
“Delta’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation,” said Delta spokeswoman Kate Modolo in a statement.
She also added that the airline is now working with local authorities regarding the incident.
“There’s always a possibility that the plane might have taken off,” said Hogan.
He related that during Schroeder’s arrest, all of the passengers have already boarded Flight 1726 headed for San Diego, but thankfully, the plane hasn’t left the gate yet. He said the passengers’ flight was a bit delayed because they had to disembark after Schroeder’s arrest.
Schroeder, who was booked and released on Tuesday, refused to give a comment when CNN reached him Tuesday evening by phone.
Source: New York Post