Over or extra charging is not a big deal in Pakistan but charging extra at an international airport of the country, which is frequently visited by high officials, influential and well-connected people is rare if not non-existent.
A recent video of a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) official overcharging passengers at Islamabad International Airport has gone viral on social media.
The video, widely shared on social media, shows a CAA official at Islamabad airport charging extra airport tax in the name of “round figures”.
In the video, a passenger is being asked to pay Rs. 368 in tax by the desk officer. When the individual gave him Rs. 1000, the officer returned Rs. 600, deducting Rs. 400 instead of Rs. 368.
When the passenger demands to return the remaining amount, the official explained that they are charging the tax in the ’round figures’. The official refused to return the remaining amount despite protest by the individual.
“We are charging the tax in the round figure and this is our policy,” the official stated.