An Indonesian pilot tested positive for methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth”, just hours before his take off time. The 44-year-old pilot works for Indonesia’s largest domestic airline, was due to fly to Makassar on Sulawesi island.
The pilot was arrested in a hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia and he had .04 grams of crystal meth on his person. The drug was contained in an envelope and was later test 100 percent positive for the suspected drug. He is the second pilot that the airline has had test positive for Lion Air in 2012.
Crystal meth has recently overtaken marijuana as the number one drug in the country with over 240 million people actively using it, stated a narcotics agency.
The government is now requiring all pilots in the cabin and the crew, to undergo drug and alcohol tests before every stepping foot on the plane. Indonesia is continuing to upgrade their civil air safety after multiple, fatal accidents. The accidents became so bad that Indonesians air travel was banned from the European Union in 2007, but the ban was lifted in 2009.