Air travel can sometimes be one of the most annoying ever. Even though it technically does reduce travel time significantly, adding the zillion delays that often pop up, it gets super frustrating. Add to that the fact that people are basically trapped inside a metal box which is supposed to fly in the air, patience runs low and tempers run high.
And if you happen to be travelling with children, the stress levels shoot through the roof. One mother on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, had to live through the worst possible situation when travelling with her infant.
A video taken on board the flight, shows the distressed mother urging the cabin crew to open the door after her infant started experiencing breathing trouble.
Times Of Karachi shared the video on their Facebook page and according to them, the PK 750 Paris to Islamabad, which was scheduled to depart from Paris at 9 pm on Friday 3 August, was delayed by 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Moreover, the AC on board the flight was turned off and the passengers weren’t given any reason as to what was causing the delay.
You can watch the video here:
National flag carrier PIA switched off air conditioning and closed the doors for about two hours after all the passengers were on-boarded including infants struggling for fresh air to survive. PK 750 Paris to Islamabad was scheduled to depart from Paris at 9 pm on Friday 3 Aug but delayed for 2 hours and 39 minutes without giving any reason to passengers on-board. Courtesy : Hussain Ullah sb Zeeshan Ahmad Qamar
The Times of Karachi ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಅಗಸ್ಟ್ 7, 2018
According to the Times Of Karachi, PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar said:
“We are trying to identify the crew visible in the video to determine the flight number & assured that those responsible will be held accountable.”
The woman in the video, Zoya Fayyaz posted a photograph of a crew member on the flight who allegedly behaved in an extremely insensitive manner:
“This guy was laughing at all the situation and sitting so calm in business class and asking my husband to take his video too while he was hiding his identity card with his hands.”
While the child is reportedly better now, a family member reveals that it was an extremely traumatizing near-death experience as the baby was suffocating badly and frothing from the mouth.
As with the way of the Internet, Zoya was criticized by some for yelling and not taking off the baby’s clothes to aid with breathing. To them she responded:
Following the backlash, PIA released an official statement on their Twitter page where they claimed the flight was only delayed by 30 minutes:
— PIA (@Official_PIA) August 8, 2018
30 minutes or 2 and half hours, being in such a situation can indeed be extremely terrifying. We can’t even imagine what the ones trapped in the flight may have been going through.