A British-Pakistani traveler on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight was briefly detained and then charged Rs. 10,000 fine for smoking during a flight.
As per reports, a British-origin Pakistani Raza Ahsan was traveling from Birmingham to Islamabad. Ahsan went to the airplane’s bathroom to smoke a cigarette. Other passengers complained of the smoke coming out of the lavatory.
The crew made him came out of the toilet and later confiscated his passport. Upon landing at the Islamabad International Airport, he was briefly detained by the Airport Security Force (ASF). The passenger received his passport back after he paid a fine of Rs. 10,000 for risking the plane safety.
As per PIA officials, this is the first penalty for inflight smoking in the history of the airline. The official said that the act was against international aviation laws and could lead to any disastrous situation.