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Drug tests for pilots, cabin crew proposed

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Flight crew members and air traffic controllers would be subjected to this examination at six airports

Pilots, cabin crew and air traffic controllers may have to undergo tests for drug use, according to a proposal announced by the DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation) on Friday.

The DGCA has invited comments from stakeholders for a period of 45 days on the proposal, following which it will amend its rules.

It has proposed conducting random tests on all aviation personnel such that 10% employees of each organisation are covered in a year's time. In the initial stage, only pilots, cabin crew and air traffic controllers at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports may be subjected to these checks. If a person tests positive, he or she will have to undergo rehabilitation. A repeat offence may result in the licence being cancelled.

Airlines will also be asked to conduct tests on their employees before hiring a person, following an accident as well as conduct surprise checks and follow-up tests on those who had tested positive and undergone treatment.

The DGCA's move is line with the policy laid down by UN aviation watchdog, International Civil Aviation Organisation.

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