Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has directed its cabin crew members to undergo medical checkups through a breath analyzer to ascertain the presence of alcohol particles.
According to the directives issued, PIA cabin crew members would undergo the test on all flights and it would be carried out at briefing rooms by a flight surgeon, a medical officer, or a ground staff supervised by the flight surgeon.
“All operating cabin crew is required to undergo the test before operating flight on must basis,” the directives issued by PIA read.
According to the authorities, the test was introduced to avoid the use of alcohol during flight operations. The advisory issued from the PIA medical department will come into force on an immediate basis.
Earlier in January 2019, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight attendant was offloaded from a Lahore-bound flight for being under influence of alcohol.
Moreover, PIA had announced a reduction in fares for its domestic flights during the festive of Eid-ul-Adha.
According to the details, over the directives of PIA CEO Arshad Malik, the national flag carrier management announced a discount on all domestic flights in order to facilitate passengers ahead Eid occasion.
PIA spokesperson said that one-way ticket of any Lahore or Islamabad-bound flights from Karachi would cost Rs8,652.
Similarly, the one-way ticket of Quetta-bound flights from Karachi would cost Rs11,535.
However, the Peshawar-bound flights from Karachi would cost Rs 11,714 including taxes.