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Alcohol Test Made Compulsory For Cabin Crew By PIA

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The national air carrier – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) – has made the alcohol breath test compulsory for its cabin crew.  According to a notification issued on Tuesday by the airline’s authorities, the “Breathalyzer” test has been made mandatory for the cabin crew in order to analyze the level of alcohol in their blood and determine whether or not they are eligible to take part in the flight operation.
As per the notification, this order has been enforced by PIA in order to stop the prevention of drugs and alcohol by the cabin crew during the airline’s flight operations. This decision comes after the Civil Aviation Authority recently took notice of smoking by the crew in the planes’ cockpit and cabin. The crew will undergo the tests before it boards the airplanes before any and all flights – whether national or international. These directives will be coming into effect immediately.

Fulfilling International Flight Safety Regulations

The spokesperson for the airlines stated that this advisory is in line with the rules and safety directives set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the International Aviation Safety Assessment. According to details, this breathalyzer test will be conducted at the briefing rooms of the cabin crew. A flight surgeon, a medical officer or someone from the ground staff can carry out this test but it must be done under the supervision of a flight surgeon.

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The cabin crew has been asked by PIA to make sure that they give their total compliance with these latest directives and fully cooperate with the medical teams executing said directives. Furthermore, a warning against smoking during flights has been issued to the cabin crew of all the airlines by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). PIA itself has also warned to take disciplinary action against the workers that are found with increased level of blood alcohol before the airlines’ flight operations. The act would be heavily punishable, such that licenses could be canceled.

Its important to note though that earlier, such tests of pilots and the cockpit crew were already being conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Now, PIA will be make it mandatory to test all of its air hosts before the flights in order to fulfill international safety standards, especially after all the trouble that the airlines was involved in this year. From the fake licenses scandal to the Karachi plane crash that killed all but two of its passengers, the year has no doubt been very hard on the airlines.

Hopefully, measures like this will help PIA heal from the wounds on its reputation and put it back on the map as an internationally renowned airline!

 

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