Japan to Ban Pilots with Above-Limit Alcohol Levels from Duty

Society Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry decided Wednesday to require pilots to have alcohol tests before duty and ban them from boarding the planes if their alcohol levels exceed its standards.

The move follows cases in which flights were delayed as pilots were unable to board planes after heavy drinking.

The ministry will set breath alcohol thresholds at 0.09 milligram per liter, a standard stricter than the limit of 0.15 milligram applied to drivers of vehicles or trains in the country.

The blood alcohol limit will be set at 0.2 milligram per liter.

The ministry will notify airlines of the new rule within fiscal 2018, which ends in March next year, urging them to follow the new rule.

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