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Video shows allegedly drunk pilot arrested

Posted at 10:21 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 16:23:56-04

Exclusive surveillance footage obtained by ABC News from Detroit Metro Airport shows an American Airlines co-pilot who was allegedly drunk on the job March 26. 

That co-pilot was taken off of a plane before it left the gate.

In the exclusive video, you can see the co-pilot before and after he gets on a plane. You can also see him lose his stripes.

At the beginning of the video, you see the co-pilot, 50-year-old John Francis McGuire, enter the airport for his next flight.

But not long after that, the same co-pilot is seen being led off the plane and back out through the airport.

The flight--which was bound for Philadelphia--was eventually canceled and the arrest made national headlines. 

We're told a TSA officer noticed some suspicious activity and called authorities immediately.

Police say McGuire first denied drinking, then claimed he had a drink the night before.

Eventually, he registered .081 on a Breathalyzer - more than double the limit of .04 for pilots.

You can also see American Airlines officials actually remove the stripes from the co-pilot's uniform.

He is presently off the job, charged with operating an aircraft under the influence - which is a misdemeanor.