Over 30% of airline pilot in Pakistan were found to have fake licenses. But that’s hardly the only scandal. From sacrificing a goat for safety to flying with more passengers than seats (and making customers stand for 1700 miles), Pakistan’s flag carrier is the worst airline in the world.
Now comes a new story about ticket agent corruption that is – it seems – just another day at the airline.
Boeing 777 on Approach to New York JFK in 2014, Copyright zhukovsky / 123RF Stock Photo
PIA wouldn’t accept previously-issued tickets for their own cancelled flights to bring passengers home on so-called ‘rescue’ or repatriation flights. However bribes to an airline agent could still make that happen.
[O]fficials at the Sialkot PIA office accommodated 50 or so old ticket holders for their travel to Italy and Paris on special flights in violation of rules to mint money.
“The officials in question accommodated old purchased tickets by charging extra money from their holders (passengers) for their travel to Italy and Paris,” a source said, adding the officials did this fraud in collaboration with some travel agents.
…He said the ‘culprits’ (officials) made some Rs8million from this trick. “Through this fraud the officials also deprived the PIA of a huge sum of money,” he said and added that the fraud had been detected and an inquiry launched against those involved.
Pakistan International Airlines agents have reportedly taken bribes from hotel owners to send over distressed passengers at the airline’s expense – writing vouchers for these properties, rather than using hotels on the approved list. And then the agents authorize individual rooms for each passenger, but the hotel sticks them in two to a room. One PIA customer, so frustrated by the airline’s incompetence, once lit his own luggage on fire.
(HT: Live and Let’s Fly)