Japan Airlines pilots ‘failed 19 breathalyzer tests’

Lloyd Doyle
November 19, 2018

Reports in Japan said Mr Jitsukawa managed to cheat on an airline breath test before his arrest.

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was arrested last month after a test showed he was nine times over the legal alcohol limit, the BBC reported.

The decision comes on the heels of an incident involving Japan Airlines pilot Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, who was arrested on October 28 after being nearly 10 times over the legal limit for alcohol prior to his flight at London Heathrow airport, according to CNN.

Japanese law does not set limits for alcohol consumption for pilots.

It is noted that passengers were informed that the flight is delayed due to the poor health of the pilot, not giving publicity to the incidents.

Jitsukawa's arrest, and evidence that the problem is more widespread than previously thought, could prompt the transport ministry to impose mandatory testing and alcohol limits in line with those in force in Europe and the US.

The co-pilot did not blow the necessary amount of air into the device and "deliberately got around the test", the newspaper quoted the Japan Airlines report as saying.


"The company takes this violation seriously, as safety remains our utmost priority, and sincerely apologises to all affected by the employee's actions", Japan Airlines said in a statement.

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have revealed more cases of pilots exceeding in-house limits for alcohol in preflight tests.

In response, JAL has introduced a new breathalyser system that involves airport staff, rather than depending on pilots to test each other.

The measures, which are in place at Heathrow in London and throughout Japan, will be introduced at other airports early next week.

They will be introduced at other airports from Sunday onwards.

According to the JAL report, the company interviewed 13 individuals, including the captains, who had been in contact with the co-pilot prior to the flight. India, meanwhile, has zero tolerance for any alcohol in the bloodstream of pilots.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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