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LaGuardia bound pilot arrested on alcohol suspicion

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A pilot was removed from an American Eagle flight Friday morning and taken into custody at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the pilot was on American Eagle Flight 4590 from Minneapolis-St. Paul to New York LaGuardia.

Airport spokesman Pat Hogan confirms MSP Airport police took Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen, 48, into custody at 7:19 a.m. ET.

The pilot failed a breathalyzer at the scene, but was taken to Fairview Southdale hospital to test for blood alcohol content.

"American Eagle has a well-established substance abuse policy that is designed to put the safety of our customers and employees first," the airline said in a statement. "We are cooperating with authorities and conducting a full internal investigation. The pilot will be withheld from service pending the outcome of the investigation."

The plane was delayed for about three hours before leaving for New York at about 8:50 a.m.  It arrived shortly after noon.

In a separate incident on Friday, a woman was pulled off a plane that landed in Newark after she was accused of being drunk and abusive.

On Thursday, a man on a JFK bound flight was duct taped to his seat after becoming drunk and violent and yelling that the plane was going to crash.

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