Pilot 9 Times Over The Legal Alcohol Limit
A Japan Airlines co-pilot has been jailed for ten months after being caught more than nine times over the alcohol limit as he was about to take off from Heathrow. Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was caught after security noticed he smelled of alcohol, appeared drunk and had “glazed eyes”.
He was arrested on October 28th at the airport after failing a breath test 50 minutes before the Jal flight to Tokyo was due to depart with him in the cockpit. The pilot was found to have 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system – the legal limit for a pilot is 20mg.
The Boeing 777 holding up to 244 passengers, departed for Tokyo after a 69-minute delay. Following on from this, the actions of Mr Jitsukawa have impacted major executives at the Japanese airline. The drunk pilot has just cost the president and several executives of the Japan Airlines 20 percent of their salary for a few months.
Taking responsibility for the errant cockpit crew member, the top executive at the airline, Yuji Akasaka, will take home 20 percent less pay in December through February, while Toshinori Shin, a senior managing executive officer, will have his pay reduced by 10 percent. Both of them had already voluntarily given up a part of their salaries for November.
Unlike the UK, it is not rare for Japanese executives to take pay cuts after a scandal. Nissan’s bosses last year returned part of their salaries in acts of contrition over illegal inspections at its factories.
From one individual’s actions, 244 passengers, colleagues, senior members of staff, salaries and the image of the company have been negatively impacted. Many employee’s may not realise just how much of an enormous impact a single decision can negatively impact the company they work for. The importance of drug and alcohol awareness and testing within companies should be at the forefront of employer priorities.
The explosion of social media has allowed for total transparency of the actions of individuals as well as companies. 20 years ago, if this story wasn’t picked up by a major news network, you may never have read about it. But now? Now it can appear on several socials feeds within a few seconds. The image of the pilot and the name of the company can be plastered across every social feed or TV screen in minutes. So how much do you care about your company’s image?
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