In the latest public relations mishap for Pakistan International Airlines, a hotel will no longer rent rooms to crew.
After complaints from female guests at a United Kingdom hotel, the lodging has allegedly told Pakistan International Airlines that it won’t be renting rooms to the airline’s male crew members anymore. Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported that a number of women guests felt uncomfortable around the men from the airline, who have reportedly been asking guests for their personal phone numbers. The hotel has announced that it will refuse rooms to the airline’s male staff until they are disciplined for their actions.
This is just the latest in a line of public relations disasters for Pakistan International Airlines. Earlier this year in May, British authorities confiscated crew passports after they found heroin on a flight at Heathrow Airport (LHR). Also in May, a pilot had a Chinese woman from the fight join him in the cockpit. She was in there for more than two hours, and a video of another passenger, a journalist with GEO News, asking her if she was a friend or relative of the pilot went viral. The pilot was accused of passenger endangerment. Another flight in May saw a pilot napping in one of the passenger seats while a pilot-in-training controlled the plane for more than two hours. The pilot, Amir Akhtar Hashmi, was suspended in September. Two other now-suspended pilots let ten extra passengers on a booked flight in February and made them stand for the entire three-hour trip.
Even the airline’s former CEO was suspended in April for corruption charges and is now refusing to return to Pakistan to face those charges.