Friday, 20 July, 2018

United States pilots in court over drink-flying allegations

Stacy Diaz | 30 August, 2016, 19:58

Charges were brought two days after the duo were arrested at Glasgow airport, as they were due to fly a United Airlines jet to Newark in New Jersey. The flight, which contained 141 passengers, was delayed until 7:15 p.m.

Two pilots from United Airlines were released on bail Monday after being charged by authorities in Scotland of being under the influence of alcohol prior to a flight from Glasgow to Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday.

Police Scotland said the alleged offences were under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, which relates to carrying out pilot function or activity while exceeding the prescribed limit of alcohol. Mr Licona, from Humble, Texas, and Mr Grebenc, from Columbus, Mississippi, made no plea or declaration during the private hearing.

Saturday's arrests come barely a month after two Canadian pilots of an Air Transat plane were arrested at Glasgow Airport and charged with trying to fly while intoxicated. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority.

The report states that the alcohol limit for pilots is nine micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, compared with a drink drive limit of 22 micrograms in Scotland and 35 in England.

The men were remanded in custody when they first appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court, also charged under section 93 of the same Act.

They were bailed following their second court appearance on condition they surrendered their passports and are due to appear again at a later date.