Drug and Alcohol testing extended to ALL workers performing repairs on US aircraft

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces the passage of his amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 to extend drug and alcohol testing to maintenance workers performing repairs on U.S. air carriers at foreign aircraft repair stations.

Under current rules, mechanics at domestic repair stations are subject to drug and alcohol testing as a condition of working on U.S. aircraft, but the FAA has refused to extend this requirement to work done by mechanics at foreign stations working on U.S. aircraft. The Poe Amendment requires one level of safety to aircraft repair stations servicing U.S. aircraft.

I applaud my colleagues for overwhelming passing this common-sense amendment to ensure the safety of US aircrafts and their passengers, said Poe. It makes no sense to require U.S. mechanics, as safety-sensitive employees, to undergo various levels of drug and alcohol testing, if workers doing the exact same work on the exact same aircraft are exempt from this requirement simply because the station is located in another country.

Congressman Poe serves on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation.