Singer forces PIA flight back to airport

PIA RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight to Lahore was diverted to Islamabad on Friday after a woman singer on board started shouting for her purse which she believed had forgotten at the departure lounge of Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Dawn has learnt. Shabnam Majeed, who was flying back to Lahore in the PIA flight PK-653 after performing at the Independence Day celebration at the Presidency overnight, started shouting mid-flight and forced the pilot to divert back the flight to Islamabad. She claimed that the purse contained Rs18,000 in cash, credit card and gold ornaments. After the PIA flight was diverted back to Islamabad, the singer was brought to the departure lounge to search her missing purse, but her effort proved unproductive. Finally, she lodged a complaint with the PIA authorities and again boarded the flight for Lahore but it all caused a considerable delay of the flight and inconvenience to the passengers as well.—Mohammad Asghar


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