After the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) noticed smoking in the cockpit and the cabin, they issued directives that made it mandatory that the cabin crew of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) take the breathalyser test for alcohol consumption. They also directed that the non-smoking rule on planes be followed in the whole plane.

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In the notice, which was issued by the PIA‘s medical division and comes into immediate effect, all cabin crew must undergo medical check-ups before boarding flights.


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The breathalyser test checks for how much alcohol a person has in their blood and based on the results, the medical division will decide whether they can board the flight. The CAA had already made it mandatory that pilots and cockpit crew be tested for alcohol levels, but now the air hosts will be tested as well.