LAHORE: The customs officials have confiscated about 16 alcohol bottles from passengers travelling via different flights during some raids on the Allama Iqbal International Airport during the first ten days of August. Sources told Customs Today that officers conducted operations in different flights from different countries.
Flights were coming from Dubai to Lahore, Turkey to Lahore, Jeddah to Lahore and Muscat to Lahore. The customs took action in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights, Turkish Airways flight, Gulf Air and Saudi Air flight.
During actions in these flights, the customs staff recovered 16 bottles of alcohol. The customs allowed all the passengers to go after the confiscation of alcohol bottles from their possession.
The customs has also confiscated two LEDs of 32 and 46 inches from two passengers. Dozens of cell phones, wireless sets and mobile accessories were also recovered from Lahore airport.
The security officers have launched an investigation into the matter. The customs has started strict checking of the luggage of the passengers, especially coming from European countries. Number of attempts of smuggling of mobile accessories and other relevant items has been foiled by the customs during these days.
Strict checking of luggage of the Hajj passengers also continues to avoid any mishap. The customs has confiscated all the recovered alcohol bottles and started investigation.
It is a common practice that passengers, coming from European countries, carry bottles of alcohol with them but many times they leave them on the premises of airport to avoid the arrest.