Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been getting a lot of flak for various reasons these days, however, we have some good news about the national carrier. This time, a PIA pilot stopped a flight to off-load a grieving passenger.
A flight departing from Islamabad International Airport for Jeddah, PK-741, was about to take-off when the cockpit learned that a passenger’s mother has passed away and he was crying. The passenger was understandably heartbroken and due to this, the captain turned the plane around.
The flight resumed its routine flight plan to Jeddah after off-loading the passenger. PIA doesn’t usually offload passengers, making this all the more unique and a good move by the airline.
Earlier, PIA offloaded flight attendants on a different flight, citing that they were overweight.
In another case, veteran politicians, Rehman Malik of PPP and Ramesh Kumar Vankwani (then PML-N and now PTI) were off-loaded from a PIA flight after a passenger protested against them. The flight was being delayed because they were waiting for the politicians to arrive at their own convenience.
What started as a complaint by a single individual increased to a full-blown protest as more passengers joined in to express their anger over the flight delay.