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Efforts to Educate on United Kingdom Regulations

Date: May 16, 2017
Type: AFA Article

Our colleagues from Council 7 in LHR have passed along information that was shared with them by the British Airline Pilot Association (BALPA).  BALPA has been approached by the United Kingdom Police seeking a collaborative approach to avoiding alcohol-related problems involving crew members.  As part of this effort, the U.K. Police will be increasing the number of crew bus/aircraft visits they undertake as crews arrive into the United Kingdom. 

It is important that we understand these visits are educational in nature and have been designed to take only a couple of minutes.  The intent is to explain U.K. regulations, and officials will be happy to answer any questions crew members may have. 

Our colleagues at BALPA wanted to ensure we are aware of these planned visits by the U.K. Police in order to eliminate any sense of surprise or concern should your crew be approached on arrival.  These visits should be seen in the spirit intended – a positive move to ensure there is no misunderstanding of U.K. regulations.  While we all know that our objective on arrival in Europe is to get to our hotels as soon as possible to start our rest period, we trust you will greet these representatives warmly and accept the information offered for our collective well-being.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Local Council Office.

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