DGCA issues guidelines on alcohol consumption by airlines crew

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New Delhi: Keeping in mind the rising concerns of flight safety, Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issue a detailed guideline related to alcohol consumption for airlines crew for both pre and post flight periods. In the measures, separate records will be maintained for pre-flight and post flight breath analyzer examination for the flight crew. The violators will be kept off from the roaster for three months.

The DGCA has directed that all the operators should maintain the breath records for a period of one year.

A circular dated 4 August said, “The operator shall maintain separate records of pre-flight and post-flight breath analyser examination for the flight crew, cabin crew and maintenance personnel. All the relevant records must be preserved for a period of one year."

According to DGCA, if it is a case of repeat violation, the crew member would be suspended for three years. In case, a crew member tests positive for alcohol consumption post-flight, then that person would have to immediately surrender the licence.  

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