"The arrest of a Lion Air pilot for possession of 0.4 grams of crystal methamphetamine over the weekend, the third such incident in the past seven months, has raised concern over just how widespread drug use is among Indonesian pilots. A month earlier, another Lion Air pilot was arrested with an undisclosed amount of crystal meth in a karaoke bar in South Sulawesi, while two Lion Air co-pilots were arrested for possession of crystal meth and ecstasy last September." And what about Malaysia?
Our readers may recall our recent report about the Malaysian pilot caught with five kilograms (11 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine a few weeks ago - HERE. The article raises the question of whether he was also taking the drug, but most importantly about the stresses of working for airlines in poorly regulated regions where pilots are arguably pushed beyond their physical limits - and need to use stimulants to stay 'alert' and are heavily indebted to airlines. We'd like to know, will AirAsia start mandatory random drug tests in light of this regional scourge - or are they too cheap? It is heartening to see AirAsia hasn't failed any scheduled narcotics tests. Rest assured, if they ever do, you'll be the very first to hear about it, readers.