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Transatlantic pilots arrested before boarding flight for being drunk
The incident happened prior to a flight from Glasgow to Toronto yesterday.

First long-haul low-cost service from Heathrow to Toronto PA Archive / Press Association Images File photo: an Air Transat A310 PA Archive / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

TWO PILOTS HAVE been arrested at Glasgow airport on suspicion of being too drunk to fly.

The pilots were set to board a transatlantic Air Transat flight to Toronto, Canada, from the Scottish airport yesterday afternoon at about 1pm when they were stopped.

The Air Transat A310 involved holds up to 250 passengers.

It’s understood that concerns were raised about the two men’s (aged 37 and 39) behaviour by airport staff.

The two will appear before a sitting of Paisley court later today.

“Police Scotland can confirm that two men aged 39 and 37 years have been arrested in relation to being allegedly impaired through alcohol under the Railway and Transport Safety Act 2003,” the force said in a statement.

The flight has been rescheduled to depart today.

“Air Transat has learned of the arrest on 18 July of two crew members assigned to its Glasgow-Toronto flight,” the airline said in a statement.

We will await the results of the investigation and judicial proceedings before making any further comments. The safety of our crews and passengers is, and will remain, a top priority at Air Transat.

A number of passengers have been left less than impressed by the events.

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