Safety First: Airports to Conduct Alcohol Test for Aviation Employees

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has proposed Breath Analyser (BA) tests for aviation personnel including aircraft engineers and air traffic controllers. At present, the test is mandatory only for pilots and cabin crew.

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In the draft proposal, DGCA said, “Organisations engaged in the provision of Air Navigation Services, Aerodrome Management, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair, shall ensure that at least 10 per cent individuals employed in their respective organisations as engaged in such functions are randomly subjected to breath-analyzer examination on daily basis.”

The DGCA-proposed blood alcohol limit is zero. The tests will start by October 30 at ten of the country’s busiest airports including Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. By the year-end, all licensed airports will need to perform these tests.

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