Figures show that you’re safer traveling by plane than by car, but presumably your chances of a safe flight are reduced if your pilot is drunk.
In a development that may worry travelers, it has been reported that Japan Airlines pilots have failed breathalyzer tests 19 times since August 2017, when a more sensitive breathalyzer was introduced for in-house checks.
Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun Thursday cited unnamed airline officials in a report that said failed tests resulted in delays to 12 domestic flights.
Passengers were told the delays were due to “crew health conditions,” and staff made no mention of alcohol levels.
The latest report follows news that a Japan Airlines pilot admitted being more than 10 times over the legal alcohol limit at London Heathrow airport in October. Read more