London – Police say a pilot in American Airlines has been arrested at Britain's Manchester airport with suspicion of being full. Greater Manchester police said on Friday that the police "received a report that an airline pilot may have been affected by alcohol" at the North West England airport on Thursday morning.
Officers arrested a 62-year-old man suspected of performing an aviation function while the prescribed alcohol limit was over. The police say the man, whose name was not released, has been bailed out pending further inquiries.
American Airlines confirmed that a member of their flight crew was arrested at the airport on Thursday. It says the plane, AA735 to Philadelphia, was canceled and passengers rebooked on other flights.
The airline released the following statement to CBS Philadelphia:
"American Airlines is aware of an incident involving a member of its crew at Manchester Airport earlier in the morning. Employees were arrested and the plane, AA735 to Philadelphia, was canceled. Security is our top priority and we apologize to our customers for disturbances in travel plans. We have rebooked them for alternative flights. Fully cooperate with local law enforcement and further questions should be referred to them. "