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Alcohol Testing Under European Aviation Safety Agency

Date: February 9, 2019


MEC Safety, Health & Security

As was recently published in the January 17, 2019 Safety Alert, the Members of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are permitted to perform alcohol testing of flight and cabin crew during ramp inspections in accordance with Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA).

Highlights of the policy include:

1.    Under these regulations, an alcohol test may be carried out at any time during a ramp inspection by a ramp inspector or other authorized officials, such as law enforcement.

2.    At all times, the inspector should ensure the testing environment is as discreet as possible.

3.    A flight or cabin crew member who refuses to cooperate or who has been identified as being under the influence of alcohol after a positive test, will not be allowed to continue their duty.

4.    Refusing to cooperate will be treated as a test failure.

Current destinations that are EASA Members include:

Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Greece

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Netherlands

Portugal

Spain

Switzerland

United Kingdom

 

 

For additional information on the breath alcohol concentration, refer to the January 17, 2019 Safety Alert on EASA Alcohol Testing.

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