A Pakistan International Airlines flight attendant reportedly went missing in Canada shortly after landing in Toronto on Friday.
According to a spokesperson for the PIA, the flight attendant boarded the flight from Islamabad and disappeared after reaching Toronto. The case was reported to the PIA’s station manager in Canada, who later informed the airport officers about the flight attendant’s absence without informing his seniors.
In a statement, PIA said the airline management took a note of the matter and launched a departmental investigation into the disappearance of the crew member. PIA also informed the Canadian immigration authorities that a crew member was missing.
This is not the first incident of its kind. Earlier, in September 2018, a PIA flight attendant sneaked out during his layover in Toronto.
In another incident, this time in 2019, a female PIA flight attendant went missing during her layover in Paris. She allegedly left a handwritten resignation letter in her hotel room before escaping to Belgium.
In July 2020, a PIA flight attendant went missing from his hotel following a flight from Islamabad to Toronto. When airline personnel tried to call the flight attendant, he told them he was driving to another city, then turned off the phone.
Under the new Standard Operating Procedures sanctioned by PIA’s flight services General Manager, Aamir Bashir, crew members will be required to present their passports to the station manager upon completion of immigration and customs formalities and will receive them at check-in prior to departure.
In addition, the hotel staff where the flight attendants are staying has a responsibility to ensure that each cabin crew member checks into the hotel, and are required to report missing members to the authorities.