An American Airlines co-pilot was arrested in Romulus, Michigan, under suspicion that he was drunk, WXYZ reported.
American Airlines Flight 736, scheduled to leave Detroit en route to Philadelphia was canceled after TSA officers notified airport authority about the co-pilot's behavior. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot was "detained this morning under suspicion of having a BAC over the legal limit when he arrived for his flight in Detroit," WXYZ reports.
The flight was reportedly carrying several students who were headed to a spring break vacation, after a picture of students asleep in the airport was posted to Instagram.
"When your pilot gets drunk, your flight gets cancelled, and you've been up since 2am #sprangbreak," Instagram user Jxnnabar captioned the photo.
Airport spokesman Michael Conway told WXYZ that the pilot failed a breathalyzer test and was taken into custody. He then failed another test administered by Romulus police.
American Airlines issued a statement following the incident:
This is a serious matter and we are assisting local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration with the investigation. We will handle this matter appropriately as the safety and care of our customers and employees is our highest priority. Flight 736 has cancelled and we are reaccommodating our customers on other flights. We apologize to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans.
A photo of the pilot being arrested, taken by passenger Amanda Albrecht, was posted to Twitter after the incident occurred.
Several passengers recalled what they witnessed, with one saying they first noticed a police car when they looked out the window of the plane.
"About five minutes later I saw them actually taking the pilot around side of the car and handcuffing him," Delaney Bradley told Sky News.
"There was a lot of scrambling. When we first got off the plane it seemed to be a lot of chaos. People trying to get answers, we knew we were going to miss our connecting flight."
Another woman told the site she was "speechless" that something like that happened, and that the pilot "could get that close to the aircraft."