On 30 July, Delta Air Lines’ domestic flight DL1728 between Minneapolis and San Diego, U.S.was delayed for over an hour after one of the pilots got arrested on suspicion of being drunk while onboard a full Airbus A321 (N367DN).
Before boarding, the pilot was seen trying to leave a security line when he noticed the additional (alcohol) screening, according to Minnesota’s Star Tribune.
“The Transportation Security Administration routinely includes random changes in its processes as an added layer of security — it helps prevent people from gaming the security system”, said airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.
In a statement to CNN, a Delta spokesperson said the airline was working with local authorities regarding the incident.
“Delta’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation. Delta is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation,” the statement said.
The US Federal Aviation Industry has an eight-hour “bottle to throttle” rule, which bans pilots from flying within eight hours of drinking, The Independent knows.