PIA airhostess held with drugs
The Newspaper's Staff Reporter Published September 25, 2014
LAHORE: A PIA airhostess has been arrested in Italy after drugs were allegedly seized on her at the Milan airport.
According to officials, the airhostess left on Tuesday aboard a Lahore-Milan-Paris flight. Authorities at the Milan airport detected illegal drugs in her luggage. She was handed over to police for investigation.
The flight left for Paris according to the schedule.
“We are awaiting the report about the incident from authorities in Italy,” an official said.
This is the third incident in a couple of months in which the PIA’s crew have been found involved in the smuggling of smartphones or drugs.
Published in Dawn, September 25th, 2014
Comments (51) Closed
Sep 25, 2014 06:43am
Why is PIA staff exempt from baggage screening? This is the end result of selective implementation of law.
Sep 25, 2014 07:01am
The whole society is engaged in criminal activities.
Sep 25, 2014 07:04am
Drugs, Wine-alcohol, Gold, Mobile phone, Illegal passengers, Wine . . . --- A long list.
Sep 25, 2014 07:22am
Who is running PIA? PML-N will finish the job and bury (PIA),what PPP government could not. Sorry state of a country.
Sep 25, 2014 07:23am
Someone may have planted the drugs in her luggage. No one should rush to judgement in this matter.
Sep 25, 2014 07:50am
Great People to Fly With ??????
Sep 25, 2014 07:53am
Wow is there anything left which cause which bring more shame and bad famouse for muslims
Sep 25, 2014 07:58am
Our national character is down the drain. We all want to get rich quick, by hook or crook. FAIL
Sep 25, 2014 09:39am
Another great accomplishments from PIA
Sep 25, 2014 09:43am
Domicile based hiring will result in this.
Sep 25, 2014 09:46am
Great ! Don't lose heart ! Keep it up ! Keep adding to the glory of Pakistan.
Sep 25, 2014 09:49am
Of course the news is not true. PALPA and other organizations are busy drafting rebuttal....Its a conspiracy against God fearing, hard working PIA staff
Sep 25, 2014 10:01am
So these are "the great people to fly with"! Shame, shame
Sep 25, 2014 10:07am
someone.. please take over this country.
Sep 25, 2014 10:09am
PIA crew seems to have taken this as part time business. Need a thorough training of PIA crew on this subject.
Sep 25, 2014 10:10am
To improve the image of airline, immediately place her under suspension and conduct inquiry into the matter within a period of 7 days and take stern action by imposing a maximum penalty of dismissal (nor removal) from service, IF found guilty. In case, she is found innocent, a similar action should be taken against the delinquent, who leveled and tried to implicate her into a false case. Set an example in PIA and restore its glorious past.
Sep 25, 2014 10:32am
@humble : Should it not be " great people to high with"?
Sep 25, 2014 10:32am
Gr8 people to fly with
Sep 25, 2014 10:50am
Wyne stop whining and give a reality check to yourself...! "Not all fingers are the same" @Amjad Wyne
Sep 25, 2014 10:54am
Sep 25, 2014 11:12am
There is an immediate need to retrain all PIA staff on service delivery and treating all passengers alike (NO VVIP CULTURE ) Since the PML-N government came into power a lot of political hiring has been done in PIA. One example of many is PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar who has been recruited because of his affiliation with PML-N. And his statements of protecting VVIPs and lying about the matter has proven this.
Sep 25, 2014 11:16am
These type of PIA employees should be sacked from the organization.
Siraj I Syed
Sep 25, 2014 11:33am
If this is true, then please put her enlarged photo in all Newspapers and TV. in the previous 3 cases the photos should have been published. I am sure that this lady has political connections if she had really smuggled narcotics. Milan, Italy is known for their hospitality. She will come out after imprisonment knowing Italian language well and also get Italian Nationality.
Sep 25, 2014 11:52am
They were once great people to fly with....and they still are, with a touch of versatility.
Sep 25, 2014 11:58am
Same Old Same Old. In the Olden days it was the same. In the modern day it is the same. The practice of carrying Drugs, Contraband & Smuggled good by personnel of the National Carrier PIA Spans around almost last 4 decades. Some of them carry by themselves and some get it planted. AND THE JOURNEY TO GET MORE AND MORE AND EVIL OF GREED CONTINUES.
Umer Hamid Enam
Sep 25, 2014 12:06pm
The guy from pmln who is in charge of pia should be questioned.... They all are destroying our nations asset..
Sep 25, 2014 12:32pm
When whole society is engaged in criminal activities how can it be abnormal. The criminal activity we all are engaged in is living in a country without paying taxes. We all are on a free ride and will reach there one day but certainly not on time. The root cause of corruption is not genetic it is plane and simple "economics".
Sep 25, 2014 12:52pm
@Rukh-e-zehra why do you bring religion in to this ? This is one individual who is alledged to have had drugs on her.
Sep 25, 2014 12:58pm
What was the Customs and FIA we're doing at the Lahore Airport, if a ordinary person enters airport car park the authorities ASF and other agencies starts harassing them
Sep 25, 2014 01:10pm
PIA fly high !!!
Sep 25, 2014 01:11pm
Well knowing italian officials and their tendencies towards Pakistanis lets not jump to the conclusion.
Sep 25, 2014 01:18pm
shame on you pia administration
Sep 25, 2014 01:25pm
May be PIA is giving less salary that too improperly..So staff have to mend themselves by other earning technics...
syed abdul wahid
Sep 25, 2014 01:56pm
Great People to Fly With ..... Once a PIA slogan I was proud of, unfortunately, bad management, bad crew members (not all) made me feel ashamed. I wish PIA may restore its image.
Sep 25, 2014 01:56pm
Thanks MNS! What else we should expect from this incompetent and handpicked team!
Sep 25, 2014 02:42pm
is there any end to the shame we bring for our country... is our entire country being criminalized. what is wrong with us.. who do we trust...
Sep 25, 2014 02:44pm
@Pragmatist where are you living....Mars????
Sep 25, 2014 02:45pm
No matter what you do...if you have corrupt system, resultant outcome of every institution will be a product of corruption.
Sep 25, 2014 02:46pm
@Rukh-e-zehra What Muslims you are talking about...we all are labelled muslims. We have nothing to do with Islamic teaching...do we????
Sep 25, 2014 02:49pm
@Siraj I Syed no one can dare so.. unless have good connections in politics. Infact this sounds a 100% work of some one having political backing.
Sep 25, 2014 02:52pm
@Pragmatist Not only PIA Staff has this privilege, infact when ever i fly i find many people being exempted from screening, they dont even que up for checking.
Sep 25, 2014 03:46pm
Great people to get high with
Sep 25, 2014 04:36pm
There should be random inspection of flight crews luggage done by PIA itself. Thier luggage is never inspected. By the way, do these people get fired after getting caught or just a reprimand and back to work. What happened to the crew with iPhones? Any more news about them?
Sep 25, 2014 05:45pm
Its likely as of late I have noticed on long haul flights of PIA, crew both male and female are more interested in talking then serving passengers. I am a regular flier on PIA and service is deteriorating day by day. On Sunday flight from Toronto to Islamabad when asked for coffee before more then one hour, the hostess told me that there in not more coffee in plane! This is the service!
Sep 25, 2014 05:58pm
When it comes to PIA nothing surprise me any more
Sep 25, 2014 06:37pm
Why all flights witrh origin of Lahore have this problem ? Considering our society, it sounds too good to be true. Who knows this woman has been framed/used by someone ? very typical of how drug traders operate in South American countries. Khuda iss mulq ki awaam per reham keray.. this place is doomed.
Sep 25, 2014 08:45pm
What kind of drugs? Pain killers? Don't let people speculate and come up with their own conclusion.
Dr. Sehar Khan
Sep 25, 2014 09:51pm
Dr. Sehar Khan
Sep 25, 2014 09:55pm
Is there any positive, constructive, productive news come out from Pakistan or even Muslim world?
Sep 29, 2014 07:17pm
PIA staff should not be exempt from baggage screening. I know of much misdeeds done by such staff, one of my relatives in London caught a PIA hostess stealing clothes. To take back to Pakistan, the sooner PIA is privatized the sooner these problems will be resolved.
Muhammad Shamim Akhtar
Sep 30, 2014 08:46pm
@Nadeem K . Airline crew no matter PIA or foreign is not at all exempted from any baggage examination, search, or examination. You may have seen the stupid act of PIA staff when the crew was held at Lahore Airport for carrying stuff which is not legally allowed to the crew members. Evrywhere in the world there are two channels, GREEN and RED and no matter who adopts which channel Customs has the authority to stop, question, examine, seize and detain if anything is found in violation of law. It may be borne in mind that Crew members do have any privilige at par with any passenger, secondly they have to sign a declaration before Customs at the time of departure and present the same on arivals, so nothing should contradict. Its shame on the part of individual and not the instituion, but the management should look into it very deeply. The question also arises that what ASF and ANF was doing when she passed all the channels at Lahore Airport, its a big question?