Amid Coronavirus Scare, Air India Pilots’ Body Seeks Exemption from Breath Analyser Test

Mumbai: An Air India pilots’ grouping has instructed civil aviation regulator DGCA to exempt pilots from the required pre and post-flight alcohol assessments, amid the coronavirus scare.

In a letter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation leader Arun Kumar, the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) mentioned the virus is “extremely bad” for the airline’s team fascinated by global flight operations because it poses an “increased chance” of publicity to the cockpit team.

IPG, which has round 600 contributors, represents pilots of Air India’s wide-body planes.

“The provide outbreak of coronavirus is extremely bad for our team given the increased chance of publicity fascinated by our world operations.

“While this epidemic lasts, mass use of any apparatus with out correct sterilisation compounds the potential of propagation of this fatal virus via anyone all over the early incubation levels of the virus,” the IPG mentioned within the letter dated March 10.

Under the Aircraft Rules, team contributors don’t seem to be allowed to devour alcohol 12 hours ahead of the graduation of a flight.

All flight team are subjected to necessary Breath Analyser (BA) assessments previous to running a flight in addition to put up the flight in case pre-flight take a look at isn’t imaginable, in keeping with the foundations.

“In truth, just lately, due cognizance used to be taken of this chance through your just right place of job and communicated to all operators on February 7, 2020, underneath which team running out of Kerala have been exempted from Breath Analysers,” the letter mentioned.

The IPG has asked that identical instructions might kindly be issued to prevent the BA take a look at until the placement comes again to customary.

“This shall be each within the pastime of the airline team in addition to most people,” it added.

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