Of heroin, human remains, straphangers and slaughtered goats…

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A goat being offered as a sacrifice (sadqa) before the take-off of a PIA ATR-42 aircraft.

Here at Belly Buzz central, we fully acknowledge that we are not experts in ritual sacrifice. Although indeed we do sometimes feel like lambs being led to proverbial slaughter by our bosses, but that’s a different story altogether.

Having said that, we’re guessing that ritual goat sacrifices don’t always have their intended consequence. Take Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as an example. A year or so ago, airline employees sacrificed a goat to ward off bad luck following one a string of unfortunate incidents, including one of Pakistan’s worst air disasters.

Only months prior to that the carrier announced it was taking measures to ensure its aircraft were not used to carry drugs after heroin was found on two of its London-bound aircraft. The Belly Aches reckon that maybe they missed an opportune re-branding moment… ‘Come fly high with PIA’, could have been their new tag line.

And only months prior to that, it emerged that seven extra passengers were allowed to stand in the aisles on a PIA flight to Saudi Arabia! We’re guessing it had to be an airBUS with specially installed straphangers (those loopy things on buses and trains for standing passengers to hang on to, in case you’re not familiar with the technical jargon).

But for the Pakistan flag carrier, its’ woes did not end there. The airline ordered an inquiry late last year after two sets of human remains it was meant to repatriate were left in New York – always a bummer missing your flight, especially when it’s your last.

Apparently the two coffins were meant to be flown to Lahore, but were left behind at JFK Airport by mistake, a dismal situation given that Islamic custom calls for the body to be buried as soon as possible. And just when it seemingly couldn’t get any worse, it was PIA’s last New York-Lahore flight, as it had just suspended the route. Lucky for PIA, Etihad Airlines stepped in, although quite frankly there were distinct murmurs of ‘irony’ amongst the Belly Achers on that one.

Of course PIA did what every self-respecting airline would do in that situation… they blamed the ground handling staff! Hooyah!

Well, at least they didn’t sacrifice any of the ground handling staff, although given the failure of the goat sacrifice to ward off anything other than perhaps passengers, we reckon they might want to re-look their ritual strategies…

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