ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight attendants, Khalid Afridi and Fida Shah have reportedly Slip away in Canada following the arrival of the airline’s flight from Islamabad to Toronto (PK-772).
The PIA spokesperson revealed that upon the scheduled return flight to Pakistan, the two crew members, Afridi and Shah, failed to appear in Toronto, prompting the national flag carrier’s flight to proceed without them.
The PIA spokesperson further stated that the local authorities in Canada have been notified, and a thorough investigation is underway.
Strict actions are promised against both flight attendants once the inquiry is completed. This incident adds to a growing trend, as numerous air hostesses, including both female air hostesses and male cabin crew members, from the national airline, have previously been reported to have slipped abroad.
In a similar incident in July, a PIA steward went ‘missing’ from a hotel in Toronto after arriving from Lahore.
The disappearance of steward Muntazir Mehdi was noticed when he failed to report for duty on a return flight to Pakistan.
The matter was promptly brought to the attention of both the airline management and Canadian immigration authorities. Mehdi’s case is not an isolated one, as before him, four flight stewards and air hostesses from the national airline had reportedly slipped into Canada in pursuit of citizenship.