While the airports around the world are equipped with world-class facilities, Pakistan is lagging far behind. This isn’t the only worry as the existing facilities are often unused or misused due to the careless staff and passengers alike.
The airports have safety plans for emergencies, however, the case in Pakistan is reverse. Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, one of the busiest in the country, has fire exits which are always closed.
God forbid, if there is an emergency, the passengers will have to find someone from the staff to unlock the doors for them eliminating the sole purpose of the exits.
The emergency doors are meant to be easy exits for the people trapped inside, but not at the Jinnah International Airport. You will have to make your way out from one of the main entry and exit points.
Recently, a video of a private channel’s tour of the airport made rounds on social media, which clearly shows that no emergency exit at the airport is operational.
One reason for this may be the careless attitude of Pakistanis. If we find a quick way out, even if it is an emergency exit, we tend to use it on a regular basis. Isn’t it right?
However, if such exits are properly guarded and used only in case of emergencies, the emergency exits can save many lives. CAA needs to take a look at the issue before it is too late.