It has been revealed that a Japan Airlines crew member who failed two breathalyzer tests had consumed champagne while on the job. These findings were released by the carrier after an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred en route from Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii earlier in December.
It has been revealed that a member of Japan Airlines (JAL) cabin crew who failed two breathalyzer tests had consumed a six-ounce bottle of champagne while working, reports The Independent. The findings were released as a result of an internal investigation into the incident by the carrier.
According to the outlet, the female member of cabin crew was caught after a fellow crew member noted the smell of alcohol on her breath during a service from Tokyo to Honolulu last week.
The incident has been outlined in an official statement by Japan Airlines here.
The member of crew was taken off duty for the rest of the service and underwent multiple breathalyzer tests while still in the air. According to the airline, two of the tests registered a result of 0.15 mg/ℓ while a third registered a result of 0.10 mg/ℓ .
The Japan Times states that, “JAL sets a limit of 0.1 mg per liter for pilots.”
It is also reported that a small bottle of champagne was discovered in the galley. The crew member, however, attributed her results to mouthwash.
The carrier has also said that, in November of 2017, “a similar report on this individual was made regarding a scent of alcohol.”
This incident comes just a few months after a pilot for the carrier was given a jail sentence for being in excess of the blood alcohol limit before a flight from London to Japan.
Offering its comments, the carrier stated, “The Company takes this incident seriously, as safety remains our utmost priority, and will continue to take steps to raise awareness on the effects of alcohol consumption, while implementing key preventive measures. For the cabin attendant in question, internal disciplinary measures will be taken by the company.”
“Representative Director/President, Yuji Akasaka will take a 20 percent salary reduction and Executive Officer/Cabin Attendants Division, Eri Abe will take a 10 percent salary reduction for one month, respectively. With this in mind, the Company sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and undue stress caused to all involved,” it added.