Attempting to fly while intoxicated seems like a bad choice.
A Terrible Decision
Earlier this week, Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, a 37-year-old Delta pilot based in Minnesota, was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after it was suspected that he was drunk.
Schroeder was given two sobriety tests, one that indicated that he was indeed intoxicated and one that is still pending results.
Luckily Someone Caught On
Schroeder drew suspicion when he left the pre-boarding TSA line when he saw that they were conducting "additional screening." It eventually came to light that Schroeder had a "bottle of alcohol" in his possession.
Passengers on his flight were forced to deplane and were delayed while a new flight with a different pilot could be scheduled.
A Strict No Drinking Policy
No formal charges were pressed against Schroeder the day of, but a complaint is pending awaiting the toxicology report.
Delta spokeswoman Kate Modolo explained to CNN that the airline had a very strict no alcohol policy for staff.
"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."