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Alleged Impaired Pilot Arrested At MSP Before Flight

No, it wasn’t Dierks Bentley… Prior to a flight set for San Diego, a Delta pilot at MSP was arrested for allegedly being impared.

Earlier this morning, prior to boarding his Delta flight 1728 to San Diego, a 37 year-old man at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was taken into custody.

According to the police report, Airport Police and TSA were conducting additional screening at the Known Crew Member entrance when they noticed a pilot who left the screening line around 11 a.m.

He later returned to the line, was screened and boarded the aircraft.

Because he left the line, authorities suspected he was under the influence. When approached, he was found to be impaired and carrying an alcoholic container.

He was booked and released pending charges.

All passengers were briefly removed from the flight, but the flight left as scheduled at 12:23 p.m.

Delta Airlines released the following statement about the incident:

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.