KLM pilot arrested in Oslo after failing alcohol test

A KLM pilot has been arrested in Oslo after failing a breath test shortly before a flight to Schiphol, according to Norwegian media.

The man, said to be a co-pilot, was caught in a routine check at the airport on Friday morning, local media said. He was reportedly remanded in custody for two weeks pending an investigation.

Airlines, including KLM, have tough rules for the use of alcohol by crew – who are banned from drinking anything for 10 hours before a flight. KLM has confirmed the arrest in a short statement.

‘KLM would like to reassert its firm conviction that alcohol and flying do not go together. Safety is always our chief priority,’ the statement said.