JAL Pilot Detention Puts Pressure on Regulators, Airlines

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Tokyo, Nov. 3 (Jiji Press)--The case of a Japan Airlines <9201> pilot being detained in Britain for being drunk has placed Japanese regulators and airlines under pressure to act to prevent any repeat of a similar problem.

On Thursday, when the detention came to light, Japan's transport ministry urged domestic airlines in writing to ensure compliance with rules on drinking by flight crews. It also expressed its intention to strengthen the rules.

There have been many other cases where Japanese airline pilots have failed to board their scheduled flights due to alcohol consumption a day before.

Such cases "cause delays (in flights) and bother passengers," a ministry official said, calling for airlines to address the situation.

The JAL pilot was detained by British police on Sunday just before a flight from London's Heathrow Airport, after a test on the man showed 0.93 milligrams of alcohol per liter of breath, more than 10 times the legal limit.

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