Pilots arrested on suspicion of being too drunk to fly
An Air Transat plane taxis on the tarmac
Two pilots have been arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol shortly before they were due to fly a transatlantic passenger jet.
Concerns over the pair’s behavior were raised at Glasgow Airport shortly before the Air Transat A310 with 250 passengers on board was due to depart for Toronto on Monday afternoon.
Officers arrested the men, aged 37 and 39, on suspicion of being “impaired through alcohol” before they were due to take off at 1pm.
Police Scotland said the pair will appear in custody at Paisley Sheriff Court later.
The Canadian airline confirmed the arrests and said passengers had been put up in hotels while alternative flights were arranged.
A spokesman said: “Air Transat has learned of the arrest on 18 July of two crew members assigned to its Glasgow-Toronto flight.
“We will await the results of the investigation and judicial proceedings before commenting on the matter before making any further comments.