Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Breathalyser tests start at airport

Calcutta: Drink driving is now not only a problem for Calcutta’s roads but also inside the airport’s operational area.

Breathalyser tests for those going to the airfield, including drivers of vehicles, engineers and ground handling staff of airlines and other agencies and air traffic control personnel, started at Calcutta airport from Wednesday.

The directorate general of civil aviation, the regulatory body in the country, has ordered such examinations for employees of the airport and other agencies across the country from Wednesday.

On the first day, there were no reports of anyone testing positive at Calcutta airport, according to officials. Surprise checks will be more effective instead of ones announced in advance, some officials said.

“Trial breathalyser tests have been on since the start of the month. It formally started from today,” Calcutta airport’s director Kaushik Bhattacharya said on Wednesday.

Earlier, such examinations would be done only for pilots and cabin crew.

But several incidents have been reported from various airports across the country where accidents have taken place in the apron area and the driver was found to be drunk.

“Also, for people involved in checking safety features of a plane, such tests can enhance safety,” an airport official said.
30/10/19 Telegraph
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