Saturday, November 23, 2019

Aviation Regulator Conducts Surprise Alcohol Check On Staff At Mumbai Airport

Mumbai: Aviation safety regulator DGCA last week conducted surprise alcohol tests on some of the personnel as part of its recently introduced breath analyser (BA) test norms for airside staff, Mumbai International Airport Limited said on Friday.
From last month, the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) has made the alcohol testing mandatory for all airside workers as well.

Earlier, only pilots and cabin crew were subjected to BA test.

"Without prior notice, DGCA randomly selected on-ground staff for the alcohol test on November 15. It was conducted on 17 personnel and all of them were tested negative," Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said in a release.

The BA examination has been put in place for ATCs, CNS personnel, aircraft maintenance, aerodrome operation people, fire and rescue personnel, and vehicle drivers, including those of catering and refuelling vehicles.

Besides, it is applicable for ground equipment operators, ground handling personnel and flight dispachers.

At present, the breath analyser test for these personnel is carried out at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Lucknow and Guwahati airports.
23/11/19 PTI/NDTV
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