PIA employee held at Heathrow Airport for carrying 12 smartphones

  • Strict action to be taken against the employee if found guilty: PIA

LONDON – A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight steward has been arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport after the recovery of at least twelve smartphones during a random search on Saturday.

According to PIA spokesperson, the employee — identified as Shahbaz — was asked to step off from the carrier before the PK-758 Lahore bound flight was cleared for take-off.

Shahbaz is under UK Customs officials’ custody, the spokesperson stated.

The spokesperson further added that PIA will make its strategy after the British authorities issue their report regarding the incident.

The PIA employee is currently under investigation.

PIA employees held at London for carrying stolen mobile phones

This is not the first time national flag carrier crew was questioned after found involved in illegal activities. In March 2018, a French court awarded two years imprisonment to two stewards of flag carrier in drugs smuggling case.

Drugs smuggling: Two PIA flight stewards get 2 years in jail in Paris

Similarly, in 2015, two employees of Pakistan’s national flag carrier were arrested by British authorities for carrying stolen mobile phones.