Japan Airlines tightens rules for pilots drinking alcohol after Heathrow incident

posted on 19th November 2018 by Justin Burns
Japan Airlines tightens rules for pilots drinking alcohol after Heathrow incident

Japan Airlines has updated its rules on drinking alcohol after its pilots failed breathalyzer tests in a series of incidents over the last 12-18 months – the latest at Heathrow Airport last month.

Reports claim that the carrier’s pilots have tests 19 times since August 2017 when an improved and more sensitive tool was introduced by Japan Airlines for in-house checks.

The latest move was made in light of a high-profile incident last month when a Japan Airlines pilot admitted being almost 10 times over the legal alcohol limit at Heathrow Airport prior to a flight to Tokyo. Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was arrested after failing an alcohol test shortly before the flight.

Fellow Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has also had incidents of pilots drinking too much before flying and reports claim ANA and Japan Airlines held meetings with the Japanese government on Friday (16 November).

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