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British Airways Pilot Taken Off Plane in Cuffs – 'FUI' Avoided?

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By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 09:00 AM

A British Airways pilot was arrested on Thursday at Gatwick Airport near London after authorities suspected him of being drunk. "Flying under the influence" of alcohol or drugs is now reportedly happening with regularity.

Sussex Police told the network that they responded to a call from Gatwick Airport about 8:25 p.m. local time after the pilot of an international flight was "suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol," Sky News reported.

"Cops rushed onto the plane and headed straight for the cockpit," an airlines source told The Sun. "The first officer was cuffed and led away. A number of passengers were open-mouthed. It's terrifying to think what might've happened."

A FoxNews.com investigation of Federal Aviation Administration documents through the Freedom of Information Act in 2016 revealed that while the overwhelming majority of pilots are law abiding and responsible, too many fly – or attempt to fly – intoxicated.

"According to FAA data, there is no leveling off or decrease in this trend, in fact drug use seems to be climbing," Peter Bartos, a retired military pilot with an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license, who reviewed the FAA data for FoxNews.com, told the network. "The general public probably has no idea that this abuse is occurring with such regularity at certain airlines."
 

The arrest of the 49-year-old pilot delayed the flight from Gatwick Airport to the island nation of Mauritius near East Africa for more than two hours, Sky News said. The Sun said the flight was scheduled to be 11-hours long with 300 people onboard.

The pilot, who was not named was taken into custody "on suspicion of performing an aviation function while his alcohol level was over the prescribed limit," Sky News said. The Sun said the pilot remained in custody on Friday.

A British Airways representative said the airline was taking the matter "extremely seriously."

"We are sorry for the delay to our customers," the representative told Sky News. "The aircraft remained at the gate until an alternative third pilot joined the crew. The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority."

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A British Airways pilot was arrested on Thursday at Gatwick Airport near London after authorities suspected him of being drunk. "Flying under the influence" of alcohol or drugs is now reportedly happening with regularity.
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