American Airlines pilot was detained in Edinburgh and his flight canceled: the reason
An American Airlines pilot was detained after he allegedly tried to pass security at Edinburgh, Scotland, airport with a taser, which is classified as a firearm. The incident led to the cancellation of a flight to Newark, New Jersey.
The 56-year-old crew member, who was supposed to fly the plane, was not only denied access to the flight, but also charged with attempting to bring a firearm onto the plane. According to The Mirror, an eyewitness said that the pilot was taken away by "armed police."
The airline and airport officials have already commented on the incident. The police did not stand aside either.
A statement from law enforcement officials reads: "Following a search at Edinburgh Airport on Saturday, January 20, a 56-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with a firearms offense. He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, January 22, 2024."
American Airlines said it immediately suspended the detainee from duty and is cooperating with authorities.
It is illegal to possess, buy, purchase, manufacture, sell, or transfer without legal authorization a stun gun capable of discharging an electric current, the website said.