3 cabin crew, 1 pilot failed the breathalyzer during the holiday week

Between Christmas and January 1, three cabin crew and a pilot failed the breathalyzer test. The four people were from different airlines. Sources from the Civil Aviation Authority said all incidents were reported from Delhi airport.

One cabin crew member failed the breath analyzer test on Christmas, another failed the next day and the third on January 1, according to India Today Television. The pilot failed the breathalyzer test on December 29 at Delhi airport.

The civil aviation regulator revised its guidelines on breathalyzer testing for flight crew on December 20.

The DGCA has asked airlines to have their doctors, paramedics or emergency medical technicians perform breathalyzer tests for the crew. The dispatcher also asked them to perform post-flight breath tests on the planes on their arrival.

The regulator in its prescription said low blood alcohol levels also disrupt sensorimotor, visual and cortical response. “Alcohol consumption causes a significant deterioration in psychomotor performance and decreases the amount of mental capacity available to cope with many essential tasks involved in the safe conduct of a flight,” he said.

(With contributions from Poulomi Saha)

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