Stiff penalties for pilots drunk or high on drugs while at work

Singapore Airlines does not conduct random alcohol or substance tests, but the airline's flight crew are required to undergo any drug and alcohol tests administered by the relevant authorities.
Singapore Airlines does not conduct random alcohol or substance tests, but the airline's flight crew are required to undergo any drug and alcohol tests administered by the relevant authorities.ST FILE PHOTO

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SINGAPORE - The penalties are stiff for pilots who turn up for work under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other psychoactive substances that can impair their ability to operate safely.

Not only do they risk losing their jobs, the offence - under Singapore's Air Navigation Order - also carries a maximum penalty of a fine of up to $100,000 and five years in jail.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Stiff penalties for pilots drunk or high on drugs while at work'. Print Edition | Subscribe