Pakistan air 'bus'? Flight takes off with seven standing passengers

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Pakistan Airlines with excess passengers
Pakistan Airlines with excess passengers

Karachi : Unbelievable yet true, a Pakistani International Airlines allowed seven passengers to travel standing in the aisles all the way to Saudi Arabia last month.

The incident attracted serious concerns over breach of security regulations by Pakistan's loss-making national carrier.

Nothing less than seven passengers were forced to travel standing in the Boeing 777 Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-743 (Karachi-Madina) on January 20 after the airline boarded excess passengers, Dawn newspaper reported.

It seems like PIA has not taken the matter seriously as no action has been initiated in the matter so far.

The Boeing 777 aircraft has a seating capacity of 409, including jump seats for staff, while flight PK-743 carried 416 passengers from Karachi to Madina.