Chitral bound PIA passengers refuse to travel without their luggage

Published on: 15/07/2019 | Comments: 2 comments 

PIA spokesperson says 17 passengers completed the trip, that baggage would have been a safety hazard. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

PIA spokesperson says 17 passengers completed the trip, that baggage would have been a safety hazard. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

RAWALPINDI:?Twenty-two passengers aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight to Chitral refused to travel after they were not allowed to take their luggage along owing to space restraints.

The flight, PK-660, was set to take off from the New Islamabad Airport, however,?passengers were informed that their luggage could not be taken along.

The national flag carrier?s staff said that the baggage would be taken to Chitral on a later flight.

To this, the 22 passengers protested and left the plane with only 17 others having completed the trip.

?You see, we have space constraints on these small planes as the flight operations inform us on how much weight should be taken for take-off depending on the temperature,??PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar told?The Express Tribune.

the cabin crew had assured the passengers that the remaining luggage would be brought to their destination from another flight, he added.

?We take these steps as our first priority is the safety of our passengers,? Tajwar said.

2 thoughts on “Chitral bound PIA passengers refuse to travel without their luggage

  1. What a stupid ‘assurance’ given by PIA by saying the luggage would be sent on a later flight. The first later flight is scheduled after five days and that too subject to weather in this monsoon season. Even if the next flight operated on schedule won’t there be already passengers with baggage on that flight? and how will there not be any space restriction on that flight if it is there on this flight. PIA is used to giving nonsensical reasons for mismanagement and inefficiency. It should be privatised at the earliest .

  2. These passengers were lucky that they were asked before boarding. Otherwise it is normal for PIA to withhold accompanied baggage for many days even weeks before the person can locate it somewhere in Islamabad airport baggage store. Many persons have undergone this experience but may be feeling lazy to report their experience.by saying “shaar la ka aih ganiran”

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