Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) briefly detained and fined a British-Pakistani passenger for smoking. The passenger was charged Rs. 10,000 fine. The reason for the fine was that the passenger was smoking during the flight.
British-origin Pakistani Raza Ahsan boarded PK 792 PIA flight en route from Birmingham to Islamabad.
A chain-smoker Ahsan was not able to control his urge. Thus, he went to the lavatory of the airplane to smoke a cigarette or two. As the other passengers complained of the smoke coming out, Ahsan got caught. The PIA crew immediately asked him to vacate the toilet. Also, the passport of the passenger was confiscated.
Ahsan was briefly detained by the Airport Security Force (ASF) as the plane landed at the Islamabad International Airport. After Ahsan paid Rs. 10,000 fine he got his passport back. The reason he was fined because he was endangering the plane safety.
In the history of the airline, it was the first time that a passenger was given a penalty for inflight smoking, as per the PIA officials. According to the official, the act of smoking was against international aviation laws. It could have led to a disastrous situation.
In a separate article regarding PIA, we revealed to our readers that the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Air Marshal (Retd) Arshad Malik said that PIA is interested to start direct international passenger and cargo flights from Sialkot international airport to Frankfurt, Germany. It will help in facilitating the exporters in Sialkot to reach the Scandinavian countries that include Norway, Sweden through Frankfurt-Germany as well.