Drunk pilot removed from flight at Schiphol

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in 2006. (photo: Shirley de Jong / Wikimedia)

The police arrested a pilot who was under the influence of alcohol at Schiphol Airport on Monday morning. The pilot was preparing for takeoff when the police removed him from the plane.

A breathalyzer revealed that the pilot had 0.9 per mille alcohol in his blood, while the limit for flight personnel is 0.2 per mille. Airline personnel are also not allowed to consume any alcohol 10 hours before a flight.

The man's pilot's license was confiscated and he was given a summons. According to the police, the 39-year-old foreign pilot is in custody in the Netherlands and will "probably" be flown back to his home country on Tuesday. Where the pilot is from, and for which airline he flies, was not revealed.