This state will ban pilots and flight attendants from wearing perfume
India's Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which oversees the country's aviation industry, recently proposed an update to bylaws related to alcohol consumption.
In addition to alcoholic beverages, a new section specifically mentions perfume.
It says: “No crew member should consume or gargle with toothpaste, or use any perfume or any product that has an alcoholic content. This can lead to a positive result when the breath test is taken.
The text continues: 'Any crew member who is on such medication should consult the company's doctor before commencing the flight.'
While perfumes can contain small amounts of alcohol, it is unclear whether wearing perfume on one's body can cause a false positive breath test.
Drunken pilots have occasionally been a problem in the aviation industry.
In 2018, Katsutoshi Jitsukaëa, a Japan Airlines pilot, was sentenced to 10 months in prison after a breath test taken shortly after takeoff showed his blood alcohol level was nine times the legal limit.