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Intoxicated Delta pilot arrested before flight out of MSP Airport

The pilot was arrested around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A Delta Air Lines pilot was arrested Tuesday morning after police officers detected alcohol on his breath before he was scheduled to fly out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to California. 

The pilot, a 37-year-old from Rosemount, was scheduled to fly DL1728 to San Diego, and according to a report from airport police, he tried to leave a security line and was found to be in possession of an "alcoholic container." 

Two sobriety tests were conducted. In the first, he was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and results from the second test are pending. 

"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," said a spokesperson for Delta. 

The legal limit for blood-alcohol content is 0.04% for pilots, and the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't allow pilots to fly within eight hours of consuming alcohol. 

Pilots also temporarily removed from duties if their BAC registers between 0.02 and 0.039 on a required alcohol test, according to FAA guidelines

Bring Me The News does not typically name suspects unless formal charges are filed. 

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