“No crew member shall consume any drug/formulation or use any substance such as mouthwash/tooth gel or any such product which has alcoholic content. This may result in a positive BA test. Any crew member who is undergoing such medication shall consult the company doctor before undertaking flying assignment,” the amended rule says.
“For operators other than scheduled operators, each flight crew and cabin crew of all flights originating from India shall be subjected to pre-flight BA examination at first departure airport during a flight duty period. However, where infrastructure does not exist, the flight crew and cabin crew shall undergo post-flight BA examination. In case the flight crew and cabin crew are away from base station for more than two days and operate a flight from there, the operator shall provide facility for conduct of their pre-flight BA examination,” it says.
Additional crew members travelling in cockpit or to operate a flight involving ramp to ramp transfer will now be subjected to pre-flight BA test at the starting station. All positive or missed BA tests cases have to be reported to the DGCA within 24 hours of occurrence. Scheduled operators have to record this test on camera and the recording needs to be preserved for six months. Non-scheduled operators and state government aircraft operators also need to do the same at their base station.
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Crew tests positive in a post-flight BA test for the first time will face suspension of license or approval for a year. Those who miss the post flight test for the first and second time will face suspension for three months and a year, respectively. Crew testing BA positive in post flight in one instance and missed BA test in another instance or vice versa will face suspension of license/approval for three years, under the revised rules.