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No booze for United pilots 12 hours before flights, the airline says



United Airlines changed its policy on how soon before a flight pilots could drink.

Airplane pilots are not allowed to have an alcoholic beverage for 12 hours before flights; a four-hour increase to the previous limit.

The policy was changed on August 10, a United Airlines spokesperson told NJ Advance Media Tuesday night.

Pilots are not allowed to fly with blood-alcohol content at or above The 0.04 percent, which is half the legal limit for drivers, according to the FAA.

The FAA guidelines state that pilots must walk eight hours from "bottle to throttle." was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs before a scheduled flight from Glasgow Airport in Scotland to Newark Airport on August 3.

The flight, United Airlines 1

62, was due to depart from Glasgow Airport at 9am. but was canceled following the arrests.

The United States spokesman did not respond to a question asking whether the policy was specifically changed following the arrest of two pilots.

The Scottish Police say 61-year-olds and 45- year-old pilots are being held under the e-section of the transportation safety law which covers occupational intoxication and flight vulnerability.

The pilot, Glendon Gulliver was charged under the Railways and Transport Safety Act, but did not enter a plea when he appeared in court in August. 6. He was granted bail by a judge at Paisley Sheriff Court near Glasgow.

Other pilots were released without charge before Tuesday's hearing.

This article contains material from the Associated Press. [19659005] Chris Sheldon can be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com . Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook .

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