JAL Urges All Workers to Refrain from Drinking at Year-End


Tokyo, Dec. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines <9201> has urged all workers to refrain from drinking for the rest of the year, following recent scandals involving some of its staff including a copilot, in the height of the year-end party season.

No alcoholic drinks were served at many year-end parties held among JAL employees so far. Commenting on the situation, one employee said that "it can't be helped because we caused trouble" through the series of drinking scandals.

The major Japanese carrier came under fire after an alcohol level far exceeding the limit was detected from a male JAL copilot just before boarding a flight from an airport in Britain. The copilot was detained by local police and was later sentenced to 10 months in prison.

He was found to have fraudulently slipped through a preflight alcohol test. Crew members were confirmed to have failed to mutually check test results.

JAL fired the copilot. On Friday, Japan's transport ministry issued a business improvement order to JAL, urging the company to thoroughly review its drinking-related rules.

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