The Express Tribune reports on the rather unusual reason that Pakistan International Airlines crews have been kicked out of a UK hotel (presumably in London or Manchester) that they use for layovers. Apparently there have been many reports of male crew making female guests feel uncomfortable, to the point that they’ll have to find somewhere else to stay:
The hotel told the national flag carrier that female guests at the hotel felt insecure in the presence of PIA’s male crew.
It added that it had received multiple complaints of the airline’s male staff asking female guests at the hotel for their phone numbers.
Therefore, the management added, it would not rent rooms to PIA’s male crew until action was taken against those involved in pestering female guests at the hotel.
This isn’t the first incident involving UK layover hotels for airlines. Earlier this year Air India was supposedly in hot water over their crews taking food “to go” from buffets at the hotel restaurant. Air India’s general manager of inflight service had to sent out an email to crews asking them not to do this — “we have received an unfortunate email from the management of hotel in London stating that some AI crew members regularly come down for breakfast with empty boxes into which they fill food items from the buffet, presumably to eat later.”
This situation with PIA certainly seems more serious, though.