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Delta pilot arrested for intoxication before flying out of MSP

Updated: July 31, 2019 10:07 AM

A Delta Airlines pilot was arrested Tuesday morning for being intoxicated. He was scheduled to fly out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

A Delta spokesperson says the pilot, identified as 37-year-old Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Schroeder was originally supposed to fly to San Diego from the Twin Cities.

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Before he went through security in Minneapolis, Schroeder noticed TSA officers were conducting additional screening, so he turned around and removed himself from the security line.

Officers reported it to the Minneapolis Airport Police and they conducted two sobriety checks. One found Schroeder was under the influence of alcohol, and results from the second are still pending.

According to the airport spokesperson, officers found Schroeder was also in possession of an "alcoholic container." The spokesperson said it was a "bottle."

Others working suspected Schroeder was intoxicated, as they could smell the alcohol on him.

The airline released a statement to ABC News, stating:

"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."

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