Travel Perks

I spent a good 6+ hours on April 15 on airports and in travel. While everything was smooth otherwise, what shocked me was the fact that there was a separate check in counter by PIA for Parliamentarians!

So there were 4 check in counters in all set up by PIA on April 15, 2006, 23.15 hours, at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore.

1. Business Class / Club Class: Less than 20% of the total human cargo, but they paid more for this treatment and bigger seats. Makes sense.
2. Senior Citizens: Makes perfect sense.
3. Economy Class Passengers: This will constitute over 80% of the total human cargo on the plane. Wouldnt it help if they could have an additional counter too?
4. Parliamentarians: There are under 300 parliamentarians in the whole country. Count their families in, and you have almost 1500 people (at a 5 person household average).

How many travel everyday? How many chose to travel PIA? How many occupy each flight? Are they not supposed to pay the same airfare as we do? Why the separate counter?

Upon enquiry, the staff tells me that this is a standard practice. They are required to always have a separate counter for Parliamentarians.

What the hell is this madness???

8 Comments so far

  1. Azeem (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    Actually the proper thing to do would be to process any Parliamentarians and then open the counter up for economy class. Not sure if they did that…

  2. karachi4eva (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 8:27 pm

    rememba tha post about mini bus W-11 in australia??? and now check dis outt…..

  3. sarah (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

    Video is gr8 !!!:D

  4. J (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    To process the parliamentarians first they will have to be called earlier, and we all know they are very busy running our state so the air port has to have a separate counter so when ever the tired hardworking Souls arrive they can quickly be Processed.

  5. Mariam (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    PIA is a state owned airline and not so popular in the world market. It’s another way to butter up officials (aka real bosses) so they’ll keep helping them for PIA’s continuous survival. This is the one of the many reasons I’m very against for state owned establishments.

  6. Adnan (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    Sarah is back with her *:D* emoticon :>

  7. Ramla A. (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

    While people deserve good treatment, it is but reasonable that a government official on duty cannot stand and wait in line while they might be on urgent business – which they often are.

    We could argue why there is a lower corporate rate in hotels – businesspeople don’t deserve special privilege!

    But it’s not a correct argument. It is not those bodies, but the work that they are assigned to do which gives them this essential privilege.

    One has to make allowances for realities of life.

  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

    Having said that, it is important for any service organization to understand that no matter who the customer, all deserve a standard of respect, courtesy, and effective service. No compromise on that.

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