Coronavirus Pandemic: Directorate General of Civil Aviation Stops Breath Analyser Alcohol Tests For Staff

Coronavirus Pandemic: Directorate General of Civil Aviation Stops Breath Analyser Alcohol Tests For Staff

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The breath analyser tests for "all aviation personnel" were temporarily suspended. (Representational)

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday said it was temporarily suspending breath analyser alcohol test for all aviation personnel, including pilots, hours after an Air India union made the request saying these tests could aid the spread of coronavirus.

The decision came hours after SpiceJet said that one of its pilots, who did not fly any international flight in March, has tested positive for the virus.

The DGCA said in its order that due to the "extraordinary" circumstances over COVID-19 and directions issued by high courts in Delhi and Kerala, the breath analyser tests for "all aviation personnel" were temporarily suspended "at all airports till further orders".

"Every aviation personnel, who is reporting for duty, is required to submit an undertaking in respect of the fact that he or she is not under the influence of alcohol and that he or she has not consumed alcohol/psychoactive substance in last 12 hours from the time of reporting for duty," it said.

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