Carlos Roberto Licona, from Texas, United States, was rostered to fly as First Officer on a United Airlines flight to Newark, New Jersey, from Glasgow Airport. Paisley Sheriff Court was told he was taken off the plane, after security staff smelled alcohol on his breath.
Licona was also asked to give blood tests and breath samples before the flight on Saturday August 27 last year.
The flight took off later that day, slightly delayed, with a new crew and 141 passengers on board.
Licona was charged under DSection 93 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, which covers alcohol limits in aviation, which states: ‘A person commits an offence if he performs an aviation function at a time when the proportion of alcohol in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit, or he carries out an activity which is ancillary to an aviation function at a time when the proportion of alcohol in his breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit.’
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