Pilots might quickly be requested to not put on perfumes and use mouthwash as they include alcohol and will present a false optimistic throughout a breath analyser check, in accordance with sources within the Directorate Normal of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The aviation regulator has referred to as for feedback from stakeholders on amending the provisions below the Plane Guidelines, 1937.
Sources advised News18 that the proposed clause reads that “no crew member shall devour any drug or use any substance comparable to mouthwash/tooth gel/fragrance or any such product which has alcoholic content material. This may occasionally outcome into optimistic breath analyser check. Any crew member who’s present process such remedy shall seek the advice of the corporate physician earlier than endeavor flying task.”
In keeping with the Civil Aviation Necessities’ pointers, all operators on the scheduled/ constitution/ non-scheduled flights originating from India, crew and cabin crew members endure a pre-flight breath-analyser examination on the first departure airport throughout a flight obligation interval.
The air security pointers, with particular regard to alcohol consumption first issued in 2015 and amended now and again, say even when the blood alcohol ranges within the physique are zero, there may very well be some impact of hangover, which is principally as a result of congeners.
Pilots and cabin crew are frequently subjected to pre-flight breath analyzer checks in India, that are among the many most stringent alcohol laws for aircrew on this planet. A direct three-month licence suspension is feasible for even the smallest quantity of alcohol consumption, which is seen as a beneficial outcome.
Final yr, 41 Indian pilots and 116 cabin crew members had their licences briefly suspended after testing optimistic for alcohol.