Japan Airlines enacts tough alcohol rules after drunk pilot arrested

More pilots revealed to be over alcohol limits

More pilots revealed to be over alcohol limits

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was arrested last month after failing an alcohol test shortly before a flight to Tokyo.

Both airlines said they should have done more to ensure their pilots exercise proper self-control regarding alcohol consumption.

Japan Airlines (JAL) pilots have failed breathalyser tests on 19 occasions since August past year, Japanese media reported, as the country's flagship carrier reels from the recent arrest of a co-pilot who was nearly 20 times over the alcohol limit.

However, JAL's manual does not anticipate a change in the number of pilots on duty, making the airline conclude that it made an incorrect decision that the flight could be handled by two. Jitsukawa was arrested after he was found to have 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system - the legal limit for a pilot in the United Kingdom is 20mg.

The co-pilot did not blow the necessary amount of air into the device and "deliberately got around the test", the newspaper quoted the Japan Airlines report as saying.

The tests reportedly showed that 19 plots exceeded JAL's in-house limit of 0.1mg of alcohol per litre of exhalation.

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In ANA's case, a captain of ANA Wings, an ANA group company, became unable to operate a flight due to "poor physical condition" on October 25, resulting in the delays of five domestic flights.

Japan Airlines will implement a series of measures as a result of the recent breaches.

The measures, which are in place at Heathrow in London and throughout Japan, will be introduced at other airports early next week. They will be introduced at other airports on November 19.

The airline has extended the drinking ban for pilots to 24 hours prior to flying, and some ground staff will now be subject to breathalyzer tests, according to a statement from the airline.

Also, we will remind, on January 18 this year, at the London airport "Gatwick" the police removed before takeoff drunken pilot with the airline British Airways.

The 2 companies submitted reports to the transport ministry on Friday about recently revealed incidents involving alcohol and their pilots.

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