while India's aviation safety ranking may have been recently downgraded, but that hasn't stopped the authorities from relaxing norms for drunk flying and endangering passenger safety. A pilot will now lose his or her flying licence only when caught flying in an inebriated state for the third time. Earlier, this fate would befall them on the second instance itself. The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) watered down the punishment for flight crew reporting to work high last week when it issued a new civil aviation requirement (CAR) on alcohol consumption.
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