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Pilot Of Chicago-bound Plane Arrested For Alleged Drunkeness

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 10, 2009 7:20PM

2009_08_05_united.gif Well, this isn't the kind of sentence you enjoy reading. From the Tribune: A" United Airlines pilot was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport Monday on charges that he was about to fly 124 passengers to Chicago while drunk." Damn. The pilot, who was not identified, allegedly failed a breathalyzer test, leading to the arrest. The passengers were rescheduled on other flights back to Chicago. United issued a statement, saying, "Safety is our highest priority and the pilot has been removed from service while we are cooperating with authorities and conducting a full investigation. United's alcohol police is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation of this well-established policy."