Pilot pulled from plane under suspicion of intoxication
By mbrooks on July 31, 2019
Authorities pulled a pilot who was ready to fly aircraft. The police suspected that the pilot was under the influence of alcohol.
He was arrested on Tuesday morning.
The pilot, Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, was going to fly a Delta Airlines plane from Minneapolis to San Diego.
Schroeder, 37, was in the screening line to enter through the Known Member Entrance at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
According to 5 ABC Witness News, Schroeder noticed that the TSA officers were conducting more than the usual inspections. He left the screening line.
Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told CNN that Schroeder’s action of leaving the line drew the attention of the TSA officers.
TSA officers contacted the Minneapolis police.
The Minneapolis police subjected Schroeder to two sobriety tests.
One of the tests suggested he was under the influence.
ABC 5 says that Schroeder was in possession of an “alcoholic container.”
Other workers said they could smell alcohol on him, ABC 5 reports.
Delta Airlines released a statement to ABC 5 confirming the airline’s commitment to public safety.
“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 reads.