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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.
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!