Sixty-seven pilots tested positive for alcohol consumption in pre-flight checks in the past three years (2009, 2010 and 2011 till June) but of these, 20 pilots belonged to Jet Airways alone, data furnished by the government to Parliament has revealed. In some of these cases, the pilots were terminated from service. Another nine of these pilots belonged to Jetlite which is the low-cost carrier of Jet Airways. Of the 67 pilots, 20 belonged to Jet Airways, 10 to IndiGo, 10 to Kingfisher, nine to Jetlite, two to Go Air, eight to SpiceJet and eight to unified carrier Air India and its subsidiaries.
According to rules, if a pilot is found positive for alcohol consumption for the first time, he or she is kept off flying duty and the pilot licence is suspended for three months. In case the pilot is found to be alcohol positive again in another pre-flight check later, his licence is cancelled for five years. Asian Age