Lawrence Russell Jr., a 62-year-old pilot employed by Delta Air Lines, found himself in legal trouble when he was apprehended in Edinburgh, Scotland. The arrest took place on Friday (June 16) around 10 a.m. local time, with charges officially filed against him on Monday under Section 93 of the Railways and Transportation Safety Act, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to a spokesperson from Police Scotland, Russell did not enter a plea in response to the charges and has been remanded in custody. The pilot is set to appear in court again within the next eight days to address the allegations brought against him.
The incident had immediate consequences for Delta and its passengers. Court records revealed that Russell was slated to fly Delta Flight DL209 on a transatlantic journey from Edinburgh to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. However, due to the arrest, the flight had to be canceled, inconveniencing travelers who had to be rescheduled on alternate flights.
In response to the incident, Delta officials emphasized the airline’s stringent alcohol policy, stating that it is considered one of the strictest in the industry. The company affirmed its cooperation with local authorities during the ongoing investigation into the matter.
“Delta confirms that one of its crew was taken into custody this morning at EDI Airport,” an airline spokesperson said. “Delta is assisting the authorities with their ongoing enquiries. We apologize to customers impacted by the cancellation.”
Shifting gears to more positive news, Delta Air Lines and LATAM Group recently unveiled plans to expand their joint venture routes, aiming to strengthen their combined network between North and South America. As part of this partnership expansion, LATAM Airlines Colombia announced the launch of new daily service between Miami and Medellin, scheduled to commence operations on October 29. The route will be serviced by Airbus A320 aircraft, offering passengers the choice between Premium Economy and Economy cabins.Top of Form