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FAA proposal would test employees working on aircraft outside of US for drugs, alcohol

December 8, 2023

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed requiring repair stations outside of the U.S. to test employees who work on certain aircraft to undergo drug and alcohol testing in order to retain their certification.

On Wednesday, the FAA said the testing would align with its domestic safety standards and would maintain the agency’s overall safety mission. Few countries require testing of aviation or maintenance personnel, the agency said. The proposed rule would ensure that those employees who perform safety-sensitive maintenance functions on certain air carrier aircraft would be held to the same level of safety standards as those in the U.S., regardless of their physical location.

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