The story of our international airport!

On 27th of December, 2006 my sister and I headed towards the airport, we were going to visit our elder sister in Yemen via Dubai. On entrance we had to show our luggage to the narcotics desk. There we saw two officers one female and the other was male. The lady asked us to open our suit cases and the male officer asked for our passports. The male officer asked the lady to check our passports; she said why do not you check it and he said they are ladies so you should check all of their stuff. It was quite strange and hilarious to us. Anyways while she was checking our luggage she suddenly grabbed my sister’s hair, it was so hurting, and asked her are you using mehndi? It does not suit an officer, standing at the airport, to ask such irrelevant questions to the passengers in such a ridiculous way.

Next the boarding pass desk. We stand there for about half an hour. Half an hour is not a big deal but it does when there are only 6 people standing. When our turn came he asked my sister, after looking at the ticket, are you going to Sanaa (city in Yemen) she answered yes. It was so hilarious because I wanted to say “no we will get down in Peshawar and then it will go to Sana’a” ;). Is not it a silly question to ask? The man was so slow and confused that he gave me the boarding pass of my sister and mine to her. What if we both were not together and did not know each other?

Later we went to the immigration desk. The man sitting there first asked my sister’s passport, visa paper and ticket and boarding pass. After checking everything he stamped the boarding pass, when she looked at it, it was my boarding pass he stamped on. O god! Such a sleepy head he was but he was quite a gentleman otherwise, as he talked to us in a very polite way and joked a bit. I think it is a good way to welcome the passengers.
I will definitely admire the sanitation department. The bathrooms were quite clean. It really impressed me as I was not going in because of my bad experiences. Two attendants were present there all the time to clean the place.

The canteen was very good and the food was fresh and tasteful. It was quite an experience.
I am thinking about the foreigners who get such an experience at the time of their arrival or departure. We should try to be more organized and well mannered.

What happened next will be in my next article.

7 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 9:17 am

    Wait till you come back. The arrivals counter is even more hilarious. At that time it would not be the immigration officers, but the mob of Pakistani passengers who stampede the immigration counter disregarding any concern of order, civilization, and defying all standards of decencies. No wonder why PIA has male muscle bound stewards on board. You will know when the plane lands, and is about to Taxi….;-)

  2. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 12:12 pm


  3. MU (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

    Looks like some of them were in “Qasai” mode. Should have told them you were not available for qurbani. :)

    Anyway Eid Mubarak.

  4. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    there is still more to tell..the story does not end there. will write about that soon and then you will know what i went through:(
    i really felt embarrassed when an american friend, who accompanied us till dubai, was giving comments on all what was happening at our international airport…airport of our capital city.

  5. Phil (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    But why did the lady officer tug at your sister’s hair :/ That was lame, stupid, and unproffessional. Should have reported her immediately.

  6. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    i do not know what was hse thinking and why she did that. she could have asked her in a better way instead of acting like an animal. she just wanted to know whether my sis is using hair color or mehndi.oh! my God

  7. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 9:13 pm

    i have no idea what she did that.what was she thinking. being an officer at the airport such things don’t suit her but still what can we say. people standing at such places have no moral values and have no manners. actually before giving them such positions they should be tought how to behave.


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