Pilots may soon be asked not to use perfume, mouthwash and tooth gel as that may result in a positive breath analyzer test.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked comments on a draft Civil Aviation Requirements, wherein it has also proposed a ban for crew from using any 'drug/formulation or use any substance such as mouthwash/tooth gel/perfume or any such product which has alcoholic content.
comments on the CAR have been sought until October 5 on procedure for medical examination of aircraft personnel for alcohol consumption.
For all scheduled operators, all flight crew members and cabin crew members shall be subjected to pre-flight breath analyzer examination at the first departure airport during a flight duty period, under the DGCA norms.
Post-flight breath analysis of each flight crew and cabin crew shall be carried out at the first port of landing in India, as per the norms, for all scheduled flights originating from destinations outside India.
As per the draft CAR, no crew member shall consume any drug/formulation or use any substance such as mouthwash/tooth gel/perfume or any such product which has alcoholic content.