JAL, ANA Unveil Preventive Measures after Drinking Scandals

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines <9201> and All Nippon Airways parent ANA Holdings Inc. <9202> unveiled preventive measures on Friday in response to heavy drinking by pilots that caused delays in flights.

JAL will impose stricter penalties against heavy drinking by pilots, including punitive dismissal, Executive President Yuji Akasaka told a press conference.

Akasaka made the comments after a JAL copilot was detained at London's Heathrow Airport last month as his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit in Britain, causing a flight delay.

The JAL executive president said he will return 20 pct of his executive pay in November, adding that it is not enough to take the blame for the scandal.

A report submitted by JAL to the transport ministry showed that the copilot cheated on a preflight alcohol test by not breathing out sufficiently on to the detector.

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