Domestic flights’ passengers to be provided iftar meal boxes

Published April 10, 2021
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has allowed providing iftar meal boxes to passengers’ onboard domestic flights during Ramazan. — APP/File
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has allowed providing iftar meal boxes to passengers’ onboard domestic flights during Ramazan. — APP/File

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has allowed providing iftar meal boxes to passengers’ onboard domestic flights during Ramazan.

The authority has issued a directive to all scheduled and chartered airline operators (domestic) in this regard.

Serving meals and beverages onboard domestic flight operations within Pakistan was forbidden by the PCAA in light of the surge in Covid-19 cases in Pakistan. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) including wearing of face masks throughout the duration of flights within Pakistan and to limit interaction between passengers and crew have been in place. However, in order to facilitate air travel during Ramazan, the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) has allowed provision of iftar meal boxes to passengers during domestic flights. The boxes will only be handed over to passengers at check-in counters, PCAA stated.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), in a safety alert, has advised its cockpit and cabin crew not to fast during flights. The airline administration has issued a safety alert in this regard.

“Although, while it is perceived that flying with fasting is a possibility, in such a case the element of risk is considerable and margin of safety minimal. In an emergency with multiple complexities, wrong and delayed actions may result in serious consequences due to impaired judgment and incapacitation.

”While fasting, one has to go for a change in normal routine. Therefore, fasting and flying may not be confined to religious reasons as there are defined relaxations on fasting while travelling,” the safety alert stated, adding fasting is known to cause dehydration, slowing of reflexes, deterioration of judgment and lowering of stamina.

After considering all facts objectively, it’s clear that flying an aircraft while fasting is not only risking your own life but that of others too, in the aircraft and on the ground.

Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2021

Opinion

Appointing VCs
27 Jul 2021

Appointing VCs

For VCs of yore, it was more than a job assignment.
Giving peace a chance
Updated 26 Jul 2021

Giving peace a chance

So long as Afghan government forces do not collapse in the face of the Taliban’s military assaults, diplomacy will have a chance.

Editorial

AJK’s ugly elections
Updated 27 Jul 2021

AJK’s ugly elections

All party leaders focused on insulting their rivals instead of talking about issues concerning the AJK electorate.
27 Jul 2021

Refugee concerns

AS Afghanistan slips back into chaos with a rapid Taliban advance, the possibility of refugees spilling over into...
27 Jul 2021

ECP vacancies

FEARS of yet another deadlock between the PTI government and the opposition on the selection of successors for...
26 Jul 2021

Senior citizens’ law

FOR all the cultural emphasis on respect and consideration for our elders, the state itself extends little by way of...
26 Jul 2021

Grim Covid realities

YET another grim milestone was reached last week when we became the 30th country in the world to mark a million...
Islamophobia envoy
Updated 26 Jul 2021

Islamophobia envoy

By calling for the appointment of a special envoy to counter Islamophobia, US lawmaker Ilhan Omar has raised a pertinent issue.