ICAO lifts ban against PIA flights

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) lifts the ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights to Europe and the United States of America (USA). 

According to reports of Baaghi TV, the ICAO has reportedly lifted the ban of PIA flights to Europe and the US following efforts by the Chief Executive officer (CEO) of PIA, Arshad Malik. Since taking office, CEO PIA has been actively working to tackle various problems faced by PIA employees. 

According to reports, among other efforts, Arshad Malik has tackled issues related to professionalism in the case of the A320 crash in Karachi, sleeping in the cockpit over European airspace, and a variety of other violations by the flight crew. The latest is the runway incursion in Toronto, smuggling as was the famous case of a drug bust at Charles de Gaulle in Paris 2018 resulting in the imprisonment of a couple of Lahore-based cabin crew.

Lately, PIA flights are under the watch of Canadian customs authorities through reliable sources it has been known that contraband items were found in the aircraft at Toronto after the disembarkation of passengers and crew most probably left by some cabin crew.

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According to reports, a list of 17 cabin crew was identified by various intelligence agencies after the incident in Paris. The latest indisciplined by the flight crew happened on the 3rd of January 2022 at Pearson airport Toronto where the cockpit crew was charged after the swab test was found positive of smoking in the cockpit the crew was interrogated by the local authorities later after the assurance of the director flight operations that strict action will be taken against the culprits the case has been referred to the pia operations.

It is pertinent to note that PIA has a very strict smoking policy, including in Canada. In light of various occurrences of ‘smoking in the cockpit’ being highlighted by the SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) inspectors.

The time has come for the PIA CEO to take stern action against the culprits of these various violations. 

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