Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sober High: Pre-flight breath analyser provision enhanced for air crews

New Delhi: Tightening the aviation safety checks, the civil aviation regulator has instructed all airlines to increase the pre-flight breath-analyser tests on 25 per cent of all pilots and cabin crew operations domestic flights.

Accordingly, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued the directive to airlines and other aircraft operators to increase the pre-flight breath-analyser tests from the present 10 to 25 per cent.

In a conversation with IANS, Arun Kumar, Director General of DGCA, said: "After protracted legal battles, we have been able to impose these measures. It is completely safe since the crew is anyways subjected to a RT-PCR test before the operation."

"This move will enable strict adherence of safety norms and act as a deterrence."

As per the order, every aviation personnel reporting for duty is required to submit an undertaking stating that he or she is not under the influence of alcohol.

Besides, the undertaking ascertains that the personnel has not consumed alcohol or psychoactive substances in the last 12 hours from the time of reporting for duty.

In case of violation, the crew's licence can be suspended for a period of three years.

09/03/21 Rohit Vaid/IANS/Daijiworld

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