Airline Safety: Same Plane, Different Standards?
June 4, 2009
Maintained in the USA? Aviation’s scary little secret
June 1, 2009
I suspect that most people are surprised to learn that not all maintenance performed on U.S. airliners is done by mechanics subject to drug and alcohol testing and 10-year background checks. How can that be? If mechanic is considered to be a safety-sensitive position, how can maintenance performed on U.S. airliners not be done by employees subject to drug and alcohol testing and background checks?
Where’s the loophole big enough to taxi an A380 through?
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The words above are not mine but I don’t disagree. Basically, the author states employee regulations which must be followed by domestic air carriers if an airplane is maintained inside the United States don’t always have to be followed if that airplane were maintained outside the United States. I too think many would be shocked if this were widely known. Conceivably, maintenance could be off shored and carriers could lower their costs accordingly. And this isn’t a good time to discuss cutting back on safety…
I will say this. Employment screening is a regulated industry. We do a lot of work for clients that work in regulated industries themselves, including aviation. So we are a company in a regulated industry serving clients in other regulated industries.
Aviation is a HEAVILY regulated industry. Creating and conducting a screening program for these clients is a completely different animal. And these clients, for the services they ask us to provide, are very diligent in their efforts. Dedicated to their profession and committed to safety.
But it is interesting to hear what regulations apply inside and which apparently do not transfer outside the United States. It’s an issue worth exploring, considering we find criminal records on approximately 20% of all applicants. It’s certainly a hole worth closing.
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