‘Drunk’ pilot held at Leeds Bradford airport20th September, 2013 by Andy Young
An airline pilot was arrested at Leeds Bradford airport last night on suspicion of being drunk.
It is not known if the 54-year-old man, who is believed to be an employee of Pakistan International Airlines, had been at the controls of an aircraft or how police became aware that he was allegedly over the limit.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said Irfan Faiz, 54, from Pakistan, is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday charged with carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink.
A spokesman for Leeds Bradford Airport the Daily Telegraph that it was aware of the incident, adding that the matter “is being dealt with by West Yorkshire Police.”
Pilots and cabin crew are subject to much stricter alcohol consumption rules than road users in the UK. While drivers can have a blood alcohol level of up 80mcg per 100ml of blood, air crews can not go about 20mcg.