An aeroplane prepares to land at an airport in New Delhi. (Reuters )
An aeroplane prepares to land at an airport in New Delhi. (Reuters )

DGCA proposes breath analyser test for air traffic controllers, others

  • A senior DGCA official said it is a big move as the framework would cover all those people, who work on airside
  • As per the draft norms, breath analyser test would be applicable for air traffic controllers, flight despatchers, aircraft maintenance personnel and aerodrome operation personnel

NEW DELHI : In a significant move, aviation watchdog DGCA on Wednesday proposed making breath analyser test mandatory for air traffic controllers, aircraft maintenance personnel and ground handling staff.

Currently, only pilots and cabin crew are subject to breath analyser test, which checks whether the individual concerned has consumed alcohol or not at the time of duty.

A senior DGCA official said it is a big move as the framework would cover all those people, who work on airside.

As per the draft norms, breath analyser test would be applicable for air traffic controllers, flight despatchers, aircraft maintenance personnel and aerodrome operation personnel.

Fire and rescue personnel, vehicle drivers, ground equipment operators and ground handling staff would also be included. Comments from the public have been sought on the proposed norms till 5 September.

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