The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned the use of mobile phones in Peshawar’s Bacha Khan Airport’s restricted areas, the apron (where the planes are parked, unloaded or loaded, refuelled, or boarded) and lounges.

The new rule has been introduced after a video showing passengers climbing onto the luggage conveyor belt and crossing over into the baggage area went viral. The passengers, who had landed in Peshawar from Saudi Arabia, were impatient for their bottles of Ab-e-Zamzam and decided the airport staff was taking too long to give it to them. Hence, they decided to climb onto the conveyor belts.

According to the CAA notification, “not obeying this new rule will result in airport entry passes being confiscated. The matter will [also] be taken up with the higher authorities of the concerned department/functionary”