Concern broke out in Glasgow airport this week as two pilots were arrested after suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol. This occurred shortly before they were due to fly from Glasgow to Toronto.
Air Transat the Canadian airline that was due to fly has released a statement saying, they have been made aware of the arrest on the 18th July of their two crew members assigned to the Glasgow-Toronto flight. They will await further investigation before making any further comments. The men have since appeared in custody at Paisley Sheriff Court.
In the wake of this incident Jock Williams a former Transport Canada flight safety officer believes airlines should start randomly testing pilots.
The Canadian airline said passengers had been put up in hotels while alternative flights were arranged, claiming “The safety of our crews and passengers is, and will remain, a top priority at Air Transat”
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