Trouble for wild KQ staff as airline introduces alcoblow

The airline is concerned about rising cases of drug abuse

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The alcoblow gadget is every Kenyan driver’s nightmare and more so to those who drive after a night out drinking.

The breathalyzer has for a long time been used on Kenyan roads to curb drunk-driving and it seems as though the fight will move to airlines.

This is after national carrier Kenya Airways introduced alcohol and psychoactive substances testing for all its staff in a bid to curb rising cases of drug abuse.

The move comes after an increase in the number of cases involving airline’s cabin crew being arrested, detained and deported back to the country over alleged drug trafficking.

In a notice addressed to the airlines staff by the acting Group HR Director, the random tests have been approved by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAR) and compliant with the provisions of the authority’s relation to drugs.

“This is to advice all staff that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has approved our Alcohol and Psychoactive Substance Policy. An extract of the policy is here attached. Consequently, the company will embark on random testing of its staff and contracted personnel in a bid to ensure that we comply with Legal and HR policy provisions on alcohol and psychoactive substances," reads part of the memo.

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