The Pakistan International Airlines staff delayed a Karachi-bound flight for at least 20 minutes for Dr Shaista Wahidi, who hosts a morning show on a private television channel.
A widely circulated Urdu language newspaper on Thursday said that the Airbus-310 had to wait for the celebrity with all passengers on board and the engines switched on. The passengers kept asking as to why the plane was not taking off when there was no seat for a passenger.
The paper said that the passengers were surprised to see Shaista getting on the plane minutes after a passenger was off loaded to accommodate the celebrity.
According to the report, Shaista Wahidi’s protocol cost to the already crisis stricken national fleet millions of rupees as the plane wasted fuel while waiting for her. The passengers were also annoyed over the PIA staff for undue wait they had to experience.
The PIA chief Rao Qamar Suleman has ordered an inquiry, suspending shift incharge of air traffic department.