New Year Holiday; Govt Conducts Drug Test on Pilot, Cabin Crew

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transportation Ministry ensured the result of the drug test on aviation personnel working during Christmas and New Year holidays was negative.

    The Ministry’s Director General of Air Transportation Polana B. Pramesti said that based on the civil aviation regulation, each airplane crew must undergo medical test once every six months in a certified aviation medical center.

    “To maintain the flight safety during Christmas and New Year holidays, the team of Aviation Medical Center has conducted drug tests in random to aviation personnel in seven airports. The result is negative,” said Polana in a press conference today, December 27.

    The test method included seven parameters, namely THC, cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, ketamine, morphine, and benzodiazepine.

    In December, the ministry held the test in Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang; Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta; Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali; and Kualanamu Airport, Medan. While in November, the test took place in Adi Sucipto Airport, Yogyakarta; Juanda Airport, Surabaya; and Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar.

    Polana explained for personnel who was tested to be positive on drugs would be sanctioned as noted in the Law No. 1 on Aviation and Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR).

    “This ramp-check on aviation personnel is not an extraordinary program, we establish it regularly to anticipate drug use in the aviation work,” he added. 

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