Woman carrying 20 smartphones caught at Islamabad Airport
ISLAMABAD: The customs officials have apprehended a woman carrying more than one-and-a-half dozen smartphones worth around Rs3 million at the Islamabad International Airport.
The lady was caught on Tuesday night at the airport.
According to reports, the woman arrived from a foreign airline and she attempted to leave the airport premises without having her luggage inspected upon landing.
Suspecting the behaviour of the woman, customs officials searched the luggage of the woman and discovered at least 20 smart-phones.
Reports say that Sindh House protocol officer Abdul Rehman had come to the airport to receive the woman. According to customs official, “A letter has been written to the department concerned regarding cancellation of Mr. Rahman’s protocol card.”
Islamabad Airport made headlines yesterday when a passenger boarding bridge collapsed, however no serious damage was reported.
An unidentified man was injured after the aerobridge collapsed at the airport. It’s not clear whether the man injured in the accident was standing on the boarding bridge or was somewhere around it.
The new Islamabad airport was inaugurated on May 1 this year, after months of delay. The new airport is located 30km away from central Islamabad, and its construction work had started in April 2007.
The airport has a modular design which enables it to handle nine million passengers and 50,000 metric tons of cargo initially.
The “Y” shaped new airport spreads over 19 square kilometers with 15 jetties (passenger boarding bridges), including facilities to accommodate two double-deck A380, the world’s largest airplane, 15 remote bays and seven remote bays for small aircraft such as ATRs. It will be the biggest international airport in the country in terms of landing and passenger handling facilities. For the 15 bays, the same number of lounges have been built to avoid mixing of passengers. The new airport has two runways each 3.5 km long.