New Delhi: Aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday issued draft guidelines for breath-analyser examination of personnel engaged in aircraft maintenance, Air Traffic Control services, aerodrome operations and ground handling services to detect consumption of alcohol while on duty. At present, only pilots and cabin crew were put through such tests.
“It will prove as a game-changer and will aid improved safety on the airside. It will significantly help prevent incidents and accidents,” news agency PTI quoted a senior DGCA official as saying.
According to the draft regulations, the breath analyser test would be applicable for air traffic controllers, aircraft maintenance personnel, ground staff and aerodrome operation personnel. Additionally, fire and rescue personnel, drivers of airport vehicles, ground equipment operators and ground handling staff would also have to undergo the test.