The union of pilots in Australia is of the belief that the alcohol-testing rule for workers and members of the airline sector, including baggage handlers and engineers, is adequate due to the “infinitesimally low” rate of affirmative recordings. The air-safety regulator of the country also released numbers that showed that only forty five out of 51,000 people tested for alcohol and drugs between the latter stages of 2008 and March 2012, signalling positive readings.
Any individual who has anything to do with aircrafts, including cabin crew, baggage handlers, engineers and pilots will be tested by the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority. Peter Gibson, a CASA spokesman said that legal action was being pursued against those who were tested positive for alcohol and drugs.
One of the pilots of Qantas was recorded positive for alcohol recently, and an investigation has been launched into the same. The captain was made to leave the Boeing 767-300 after her cabin crew’s suspicion grew stronger over her alcohol consumption. Australia and International Pilots Association’s vice-president Richard Woodward said that CASA’s random alcohol and drug testing system needed an overhaul due to the “infinitesimally low” rate of affirmative recordings.
Anyone looking for a job in Australia’s hospitality industry is required to have undergone Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training courses so as to better understand how to handle patrons in an alcohol-serving environment.