PIA pilot tries to fly his 2-year-old son to New York as an infant

The PIA official said there was no captain by the name of Faisal

Our Correspondent/web Desk August 01, 2014

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot attempted to pass off his two-year-old son as an infant in order to take him from Karachi to New York, Express News reported on Friday.

In violation of the airline's rules, Captain Faisal reportedly tried to fly his son on an infant's ticket in the cockpit of the international flight.

According to sources, the pilot managed to take his son to Manchester but the automated system at the airport was not able to issue a boarding pass to the son.

The pilot told the administration that he will pay for his son's ticket after which the administration issued the boarding pass manually, sources said.

The father and son have managed to reach New York.

Pakistan Air Line Pilots' Association (Palpa) is reportedly pressurising the airline's administration not to start an inquiry against the pilot.

PIA's stance

A PIA spokesperson said that the management had no information related to any pilot’s misconduct on flight PK721, which was headed for New York on July 22.

"Nothing has been reported and no inquiry is underway regarding the violation of rules by one Captain Faisal," the spokesperson said.

The PIA official said there was no captain by the name of Faisal. However, there are six first officers, one of whom travelled on that flight as a passenger with his family.

Officials were trying to find out if there was any substance to the news report.


Saleem | 9 years ago | Reply

@Shakil Khan:

Have your fact straight. This is about "PILOT" not passenger. In US, it is unheard of a pilot flying a plane with infant ih his lap. I am sure FAA will not let that happen and pilot be fired.

bash gul | 9 years ago | Reply @Lion King: When the air traffic controllers in the US went on strike, the then president Reagan fired them all and replaced them by air force personnel till new ones were recruited and trained. Fire all the pilots , and hire foreign pilots, at least the losses will be less.
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