The officials at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, are concerned after learning that a coronavirus-positive patient boarded a Sharjah-bound flight in spite of the standard protocols.
The passenger reportedly made desperate attempts to travel abroad despite testing positive, but the airport task force assigned to handle such cases acted quickly and removed the passenger from the plane. Further reports have ascertained that the offloaded passenger had boarded a private plane marked 412 that was headed for Sharjah.
The on-station medical staff handled the situation cautiously and delivered the offending passenger to the Punjab Health Department for further scrutiny.
Following this incident, all arrangements and protocols have been reinforced to avoid similar breaches in the future.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has so far struggled to maintain order at boarding counters, with passengers either producing counterfeit COVID-19 tests or boarding flights using influential sources despite testing positive for the virus.
The government is in the process of exercising strict regulations to contain the pandemic and perhaps the arrangements at the airports will also get logistical readjustments to keep all travelers and workers in line with COVID-19 protocols.