An air hostess-turned pilot of Air India was grounded after she was found tipsy during a pre-flight breathalyzer test on Sunday.
The guilty party, a co-pilot, was to a operate Bengaluru-Trivandrum flight (AI 583), when her pre-flight tests revealed that she had turned up for work in an inebriated condition, which is extremely risky given the responsibilities of a pilot.
Breathalyzer tests are mandatory for domestic, international flights
All pilots operating domestic flights have to take a pre-flight breathalyzer test to ensure that only sober ones can get inside cockpits. For international flights, pilots have to undergo both pre-flight, and post-flight breathalyzer tests as liquor is available on board international flights.