The passengers in a fight of United Airlines were astonished when they saw that the captain of the plane took off the uniform and took a nap at the time of flight.
The captain was piloting a seven-hour flight from Newark, New Jersey to Glasgow, Scotland, when he decided to take a nap.
A passenger took a photo of the pilot sleeping in first class, with the uniform next to him.
A retired police inspector took the photo of the captain, who said he went to the bathroom to put on a T-shirt before going to bed.
The passengers in a United Airlines fight from Newark to Glasgow were stunned when they saw the plane captain take off his uniform and take a nap at the time of flight.
"When he woke up, he changed to his uniform and radioed to access the booth," the man told the Daily Record.
The former inspector said he decided to take a photo because he was worried that the pilot would be put in a precarious position.
"Police officers have a hard time when they are photographed sleeping in a patrol car," he said.
"I do not think the captain of a flight full of hundreds of people should be in such a vulnerable position."
The man said that the pilot slept for an hour and a half and then the first officer took a nap.
"Without a doubt, if the pilots need to rest in mid-air, they should get away from the passengers," he said.
"I have traveled to the US Many times and have never witnessed this."
Flight UA161, which had a crew of three men, took off at 7.40 pm on August 22 and arrived in Scotland at 7.30 in the morning of the following day.
The passenger who took the photo said that the captain slept for an hour and a half before replacing his uniform and changing with the first officer.
United Airlines told DailyMail.com that pilots should take a break on transatlantic flights.
"The safety of our customers and employees is of paramount importance on United Airlines," the statement said.
"On transatlantic flights, pilots must take a break." This aircraft is operated by a cabin crew of three and this pilot was on his rest period.
But a member of the crew of a major airline found that the photo was strange.
"This is not a procedure that recognizes," they told the site. "It seems very strange for a captain to remove his uniform during a flight."
"It also seems strange that a pilot has what is known as flat rest on a flight that has less than 11 hours.
The crew member said that pilots sometimes take a "business class spare seat," but that they generally rest inside the cabin.
"It is understandable that some passengers are worried," they added.