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Pilot Arrested for Carrying Knives in Luggage

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | April 21, 2015

Pilot Arrested for Carrying Knives in Luggage

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With heavy scrutiny on pilot behavior in the wake of the Germanwings crash last month, the last thing the airline industry needed – however tame in comparison it might appear – is another incident.

But that’s what happened Saturday night in London when a Cathay Pacific pilot was arrested at Heathrow Airport for carrying some knives in his carry-on bag.

The Guardian newspaper in London first reported the story, noting that police were called to conduct a search about 70 minutes before the scheduled 10:20 p.m. departure of the flight from London to Hong Kong.

A police spokesperson told the paper that “Officers attended and subsequently a member of the flight crew, a man, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of a knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place. He was taken into custody at a local police station where he was later bailed to return in mid-May pending further inquiries. The CID at Heathrow airport is investigating.”

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed the arrest to the paper, calling it a “crew-related incident.” According to the Telegraph, the flight was subsequently rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. the following day.

“At no point were passengers or staff put at risk,” the airline said. “Given timings, Cathay Pacific were unable to organize a relief crew and therefore passengers experienced an overnight delay. Cathay Pacific takes this very seriously and is liaising with the relevant authorities.”

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