Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made post-flight alcohol tests mandatory for crew of Indian carriers on international routes when they land in the country.
Pre-flight breath analyser tests are mandatory for pilots and cabin crew for domestic flights as well as international flights.
But, to carry out post-flight alcohol tests, airlines required posting medical staff at each international station they were operating. “This was, however, an expensive proposition for airlines. It was found that many times these tests were not conducted as the medical staff wasn’t there,” a DGCA official said.
“We have now made post-flight checks on incoming international flights mandatory for all Indian carriers when they land in India. The punishment for crew caught drunk in such tests would be similar to those caught drunk in pre-flight checks,” the official added.
According to the civil aviation requirments issued by DGCA, crew failing the breath test for the first time are suspended for three months and for five years for a second offence. Also, if anyone refuses to take the test, the person is considered alco-positive.