VIDEO: ASF officer spits, throws chairs at passengers at Islamabad airport
Intolerant behavior of the officer with the tiring passengers.
- On 17 October 2019, PIA flight from Riyadh to Peshawar due to bad weather could not land on the Peshawar airport.
- All the passengers were stranded on ASF Islamabad for more than 8 hours.
On 17 October 2019, PIA flight from Riyadh to Peshawar due to bad weather could not land on the Peshawar airport. The flight was then taken to ASF Islamabad instead of Islamabad airport.
Passengers were told that the weather in Peshawar is not suitable for landing. All the passengers were stranded on ASF Islamabad for more than 8 hours.
According to passengers, ASF management did not provide them anything to eat or even clean water to drink.
It should also be kept in mind, that part of the lounge is isolated and has no connection with the rest of the airport. There is only one gate that connects the lounge with the airport, passengers were brought there through that same gate.
Passengers were unable to contact anyone from the outside due to no Pakistani sim card and internet.
After four hours of tiring wait, people tried to protest and asked officers why they are being held there. Instead of facilitating people officers started to fight with people, throwing chairs and spitting on them.
Inconsiderate and obnoxious behavior of the officer was unacceptable, rather than making tired people comfortable such severe actions raise questions on how authorities are misusing and taking advantage of their positions.
Later on, it was revealed that weather of Peshawar was not that bad and many flights had arrived and departed except that one.
“The Airport Security Force (ASF) is part of the Ministry of Defense and is responsible for protecting the airports. And the facilities and the planes (on-ground or in-air). ASF safeguards the civil aviation industry against unlawful interferences, adopting counter-terrorism measures, preventing crime and maintaining law and order within the limits of Airports in Pakistan. The ASF was established in 1976 under the Airport Security Force Act LXXVII of 1975 initially as the Directorate of the Department of Civil Aviation”.
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