Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has warned that it will suspend the license of pilots found smoking during flights. Director Flights Standards PCAA, Captain Syed Rafatullah, issued the directive on Thursday.
Captains and first officers will be suspended immediately if they found smoking in the cockpit.
The decision came after the authority received several complaints against pilots smoking while operating, which is solely against the flight safety protocols.
The statement said that disciplinary action will be taken against pilots in violation of the order. The aviation authority has asked cabin crew and ground staff to lodge complaints against pilots smoking while operating flights.
It should be noted that Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flight permit to EU, UK, and the USA has been revoked over flight safety concerns. This includes an extremely unprofessional and irresponsible attitude from the captains and the crew during the landings and takeoffs of the plane and the aircraft being operated by the pilots with dubious licenses.