Commentary

CAAS and SIA can do more to prevent alcohol abuse

Compared with those in S'pore, the rules for pilots seem stricter in several other countries

On a recent Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight, a passenger asked a cabin crew member if the pilot was drunk. The remark, following an incident a week ago when an SIA pilot was caught in Australia for failing an alcohol test before a flight, was clearly made in jest. There is, however, nothing funny about the situation.

The pilot was apprehended by Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority officials who did a random drug and alcohol test on crew members.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2018, with the headline 'CAAS and SIA can do more to ensure air safety'. Print Edition | Subscribe