Desis at The Airport

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Airports are fascinating places, made even more fascinating when desis are around :)

This thread is a bit if fun so don't get offended.

And any resemblance to presons living or dead are purely coincidental.

So what do desis get up to at airports. Do share your experiences of what you have seen.

The total luggage weight is 30KG over but the desi family are still trying to get the luggage through without having to pay extra.

Some desis will do their utmost to push into the queue and not have to queue like everyone else.

One person is travelling but 16 family members have come to see him/her off.

Don't want to pay for car parking and park in the authorised car park, rather instead they leave their car at the taxi rank, with traffic wardens eagerly hovering.
 
cutting in line is our signature move.

was already in a tetchy mood traveling back from Lahore, waiting in the checkout line when some dude just shoved his bag onto the machine and started to check in.

blasted him to no end, and pretty loudly too. :)))
 
One family member is off to Pakistan - usually two vans full of relatives will accompany them to the airport lol
 
always very loud on the phone, and have to be told several times to switch it off when the plane is about to take off.
 
-Always have excess luggage (over 30kg pp)
-Several cars n people come to see one person off
-Kids crying, always have to be told to put seat belts on and stay seated in plane
 
Often some desi brings well over the limit luggage and then keep asking every one to share the load. No discipline whatsoever.

Staring and trying to sit somewhere close is common habbit (even if there is lot of empty space far away). Privacy doesn't matter for them.
 
If ever unsure about the location of PIA checkin desk...... follow the trolleys with overfilled suitcases tied with ropes :)
 
the most awkward moment for me came when i was sitting at the window seat and the babaji sitting next to me asked if he could sit there as he wanted to get some fresh air. i didn't know how to react and just moved over.
 
the most awkward moment for me came when i was sitting at the window seat and the babaji sitting next to me asked if he could sit there as he wanted to get some fresh air. i didn't know how to react and just moved over.

:))) This made me laugh, ha!

Once I saw this desi guy with his suitcase opened, sat like you would on a pakistani toilet and rummaging through the suitcase. Don't get to see this everyday. :zoni
 
aunties wearing hella bright shalwaar kameez like bright pink or bright yellow with sparkly ornaments :zaka
 
I have also seen that the big gang of people who come to see off their relative/s bring their own food and have a picnic either outside one of the airport cafes', benches inside the airport or even in the car park!!

I once witnessed a huge desi family who obviously had already waved goodbye to their traveller (I think), were sat outside Costa Coffee eating parathas, samosas, pakoras, biryani etc. The food was in lots of Asda carrier bags and in plastic containers including re-used margarine tubs.

I think they had bought couple of cups of tea/ coffee so that they could sit and eat outside the cafe. You could smell the food from a mile and passers by couldn't help but notice what was going on :D
 
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Long story short (and it is true story)...

I went back home after over a decade for the first time recently... and apparently i got a hookup on a domestic flight from Khi to Isl on the terms of nephew of a minister (i can't recall the name of the said minister)... anywho, i was really treated well on the plane... and when i got off, as said earlier i was going back for 1st time after 12 yrs, my whole band of cousins/family came to do istakbaaliya (welcome) i get out of the gate and damn rain of rose buds all over me as if i have won a noble price or something of that nature, + their were murmors of me being a nephew of a minister + this rose petal showers (from my cousins), grabbed everyone's attention, 2-3 cops rushed my way thinking i am some high profile, escorted me out further, i was like DAAIM... and then when my daadi came and hugged me and started to speak in our village's accent lol it gave away the obvious secret/scenario, and the cops started laughing with a DHAT TERI KI, it was something special, i doubt it will be happening when i go this time...
 
the most awkward moment for me came when i was sitting at the window seat and the babaji sitting next to me asked if he could sit there as he wanted to get some fresh air. i didn't know how to react and just moved over.

dude i was sitting next to a couple and sometime during the flight we all fell asleep, and i felt something in my lap, i open my eyes and the guy is resting his head in my lap, i poked him awake and went AHEM while pointing that his wife was on the otherside...
 
1 have travelled only once back to pakistan on PIA, and i could easily write a book on the events that occured.... the worst is the herd's of kids, i was praying that i dont get any kids nearby my seats (not that i hate kids, just annoying when they cry during travel), and boy were my prayers delayed... front seats kids, back seats kids, side seats kids, and beside me this couple which i just posted above....
 
not experienced it though, but heard from my brother that before the PIA flight landed in Oslo this year awaam just stood up lol and starting to get their hand luggages etc... BEFORE the landing =P
 
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reminds me of this legendary clip
 
Oh man, as soon as you get to the airport, and you Hear PIA has been delayed, all the Pakistani's end up cussing PIA. Most common one, PIA to aysa hey hota hai
I remember when our lugages were up till 35:))

and also i remember the number of relatives that came to see us off, but at the airport we found out that we had a ticket that was schduled for a month later :)), went back home...

I also remember a suspicious group of Molvi's dressed in there typical style of clothing in CANADA, boarding the same flight as we were to Pakistan, they were greeting off each other, the whole journey i felt scared, as it was the same night when someone poked Osama's Eye out and killed him
 
Receiving my brother at the airport in the mid summer in Canada, desis coming out wearing 5 layer of clothing and a hat.
 
Not only ladies but some gents have this strange taste for shining suits and golden wrist watches pretending to be some rich businessman although they are clear exposed by talks and overall personality.
 
Specially feel sorry for desi who end up going to customs and having the luggage opened ... First thing comes out of those luggage is chai ki patti and nido, shahi deluxe and bunch of other toffees, some halwa, lota and other stuff that they didn't claim they are bringing. All the stuff gets thrown in the garbage.

Nah this didn't happen to me, but I witnessed this when I was having my luggage checked too.
 
Specially feel sorry for desi who end up going to customs and having the luggage opened ... First thing comes out of those luggage is chai ki patti and nido, shahi deluxe and bunch of other toffees, some halwa, lota and other stuff that they didn't claim they are bringing. All the stuff gets thrown in the garbage.

Nah this didn't happen to me, but I witnessed this when I was having my luggage checked too.

lol, in Pakistan right?
 
Getting up to get off the plane as it's about to land, even though the instructions are "STAY SEATED"
 
it will always be chaotic if too many brown people are around you

plane is landing and passengers are requested to put on their seat belts . all desis will get up and start taking our their luggage and run towards the doors . :)))
 
it will always be chaotic if too many brown people are around you

plane is landing and passengers are requested to put on their seat belts . all desis will get up and start taking our their luggage and run towards the doors . :)))

Pakistanis are 500 times better than Arabs in this regard. Arabs at the airport :facepalm:
 
Not only ladies but some gents have this strange taste for shining suits and golden wrist watches pretending to be some rich businessman although they are clear exposed by talks and overall personality.
this old uncle i saw at the airport , passed by me a few times and every time he said " business class se araha hooN " :))
 
Pakistanis are 500 times better than Arabs in this regard. Arabs at the airport :facepalm:
this arab uncle on a PIA plane started giving everyone lectures about Islam , people complained so he was requested to stop but he got a bit aggressive lol the plane had to land

happened to someone i know
 
Most embarissing moment comes when they rushed towards bus after landing as it is the only bus

to pick them up :110:
 
this arab uncle on a PIA plane started giving everyone lectures about Islam , people complained so he was requested to stop but he got a bit aggressive lol the plane had to land

happened to someone i know

lolll

I once travelled on Egypt Airways and before plane even landed they took their bag and ran to the doors ... I was the only one sitting in my seat ... they were all falling on each other, and what's surprising was that there was no announcement saying "stay seated". lol
 
Most embarissing moment comes when they rushed towards bus after landing as it is the only bus

to pick them up :110:

omgggg, this! I didn't know it was like this cus I hadn't been to Pak for ages. Everyone just started running infront of me and I was just thinking what the...
 
this arab uncle on a PIA plane started giving everyone lectures about Islam , people complained so he was requested to stop but he got a bit aggressive lol the plane had to land

happened to someone i know

u should thankful to him that it was only a lecture

imagine if he stood up and started selling phakki :))
 
All the obvious ones have been mentioned, but I have had to tell off at least three desis in the last year for trying to light up inside the no smoking airport lounge.

A few years ago (2002, I think), one even lit up at 30,000 feet on the way to Islamabad. :facepalm:
 
I've seen people while standing in the queue for exiting from the plane (after it's landed) placing there hands strategically on top of the seat in front of a person (who's trying to come out and enter the queue from his seat) so as to block him. Its a classic move. :facepalm:
 
tying multiple imamzamins to the arm of the person leaving on a long journey,, or is that only a shia thing?
 
Apnes bringing back ironing boards from Pakistan :facepalm:

:))):))):))):))):))):))):)))
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Good God, i cant breath...i cant breath!
 
WHAT ever you call it weather desi ya pardesi.... full vans coming and droping you off to the airport is a simple way off our pyar mohabbat in relatives.. which nowadays i really miss.
 
on a domestic flight from isl to khi (of about 90 mins) a pathan brother (sorry it was one)... got into an argument with the crew and raised hell over the fact that they wouldn't serve him biryani or such meal... now on such flights there are only snacks/drinks no meals... apparently some friends of his had told him about having such nice meals on the planes... and when he got the custard type snack he was furious... "baji hum ko khaana dO" ... "sorry sir is flight mein khana serve nahin hota, only snacks"... "hum ko snack shak nahin chahiyeY, wallah hum ne 8 hazar ki ticket li hai, khud ka khauf khao, kuch biryani ya kuch acha khaana toh doh"... his friends were trying to calm him down a bit, but he was adamant, the hostess was like "bhai jaan is flight mein khaana hota hi nahin hai, mein kahan sey laa ke dei doon app ko biryaani".... that was a laugh riot... the guy kept on bitching about it standing up to all the passengers about what a shitty service it was...
 
WHAT ever you call it weather desi ya pardesi.... full vans coming and droping you off to the airport is a simple way off our pyar mohabbat in relatives.. which nowadays i really miss.

In most cases it is more like show off and competition among biradari members just to be in good books of the passenger. They expect a return favor in similar situations and they keep the count/track forever to check who showed up and who hasn't.
 
Saw an indian family who packed and brought their own food onboard. They were eating their masala food on the plane. Masala food on a plane= not good.
 
Once I was going from Lahore to Karachi. When I got to the Airport I saw hundreds of men and women wearing different types of dresses like Dhoti Kurta, Pant Shirts, Shalwar Kameez and some of were wearing only Shalwar and Banyaan and it was very noisy. Their kids were out of control, and the floor was like never cleaned up and I said to my cousin OMG what's happening there and I guess I have to wait for ages to get the boarding pass. However, when I got inside, it was like very calm and empty place.

I realized later that some village guys were going somewhere and those people were just came to see them off.
 
I know a friend of mine who went to collect his desi uncle from the airport. As soon as his uncle saw him at the airport he literally collapsed in his arms, begging him to feed him. He questions his uncle, "Didn't you eat on the plane?". he responded "There was a nice gori on the plane that kept offering us food and drink but I didnt she would accept rupees so I kept telling her that I was full".

:137:

needless to say, the look on his face was priceless when he found out that meals are actually free. :96:
 
the crying of aunties making young people change their mind to go to airport next time, and crying for no reason.

the pirray(stools from pakistan) wth!
 
A friend of mine told me story about a guy who was sent to Airport to ask about the flight status, they told him that "Weather Khraab hai flight cancel ho gayi hai" he came and told him "Wo bol rahe hain ke Jahaz ka Weather kharaab hai is liye cancel ho gayi flight"

He thought it was some kind of part
 
Haha some good ones here.

Tons of luggage being checked in, usual arguing/loudness etc.

Also when you're arriving in Pak, walking out with your trolley, tons of people staring at you lol.
 
once , i was asked to bring homemade achar ( pickle ) jars for this aunty . her family had it packed but even then i could smell the pickle . i could not say no so i took them but i gave it to my uncle so he could eat it . i did not want to open my suitcase at home and have everything smelly and oily . :azhar

i cannot understand why people do this . you can find pickles and masalas here easily .

and the same aunty , her family gave me those huge seekhaiN lohay waali too . i did not bring them . both times , i told her i had to open up my suitcase at the airport and was told i was not allowed to put these things in luggage .
 
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i hate it when have to wait in long ques and when kids are crying all over the plane. especailly annoys the hell outa me when someone on the front seat, lower his seat back until they havnt touched my knees. but still its entertaining place no doubt :p
 
Giving bribe to Pakistani Customs & Excise officials in Pakistan airports to bring through the 30 Gold Leaf sleeves you've bought when coming to the UK.
 
WHAT ever you call it weather desi ya pardesi.... full vans coming and droping you off to the airport is a simple way off our pyar mohabbat in relatives.. which nowadays i really miss.

indeed, its always nice even though some may mock it.
 
Giving bribe to Pakistani Customs & Excise officials in Pakistan airports to bring through the 30 Gold Leaf sleeves you've bought when coming to the UK.

oh i remember. Once we went to the custom office and there i saw people were openly giving bribes.
 
oh i remember. Once we went to the custom office and there i saw people were openly giving bribes.

Pakistani customs officers in Islamabad airport have extorted money out of me so that I can take items that I'm legally entitled to do! This was done to me by a female customs officer lol.

Oh and the classic 'I'll have to open ALL your bags and give you unnecessary hassle..............UNLESS you casually pass me a few ££'
 
Pakistani customs officers in Islamabad airport have extorted money out of me so that I can take items that I'm legally entitled to do! This was done to me by a female customs officer lol.

Oh and the classic 'I'll have to open ALL your bags and give you unnecessary hassle..............UNLESS you casually pass me a few ££'

Islamabad Airport staff have no sharam They blatantly target and hassle families to extort money!
 
^ Agree....Last year we got hassled alot, lucky I was with my father..............

At times you see men on the Airport going to Pakistan with a few gold chains hanging down and gold rings on all of their fingers, that really makes me laugh........
 
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Going from dubai to islamabad for a fortnight we made the mistake of travelling with hajis who were coming back from saudi

First the noise and stench on plane was unbelievable, there was also a guy kicking off with the air hostess on the plane saying i ll do as i please, calling her vulgar things, u dont know me blah blah

2ndly as we queued at islamabad to get our passports stamped we were overan by the huge crowd of hajis who surged past and jumped the queue

We were left standing at the back :((( Finally to end our miserable trip the customs officers stopped us (seeing as we were one of the very few with english clothing on) and insisted we needed to pay "tax" on a gift toy we bought for our nephew

we were not amused
 
i avoid toilet in PIA flights , a desi usually take half an hour to come out .
 
lol @ the posts in this thread!

funniest is at jeddah airport...................they send an arab staff member yelling on top of his voice every 1/2 hour ...... once the boarding for i think hydrabad had like nearly finished he comes yelling "Hyyyyyyydrabad Hyyyyyyrabad" rounding up remaining desis who havent heard the gazillion announcement for their flights already like sheep and then herds them of to check in for their flight by the gate.......and the best thing is that those ppl are so not worried about nearly having missed their flight.......next he comes screaming "Dhaaaaaka, Dhaaaaaka" lol!

and yes running like crazy towards the bus is the most common annoying habit......we just stand outta the way when the stampede begins, but even after that, i had my toes crushed by a desi aunty who was stampeding like a wild buffalo on the loose towards the bus

oh yeah, last year a desi aunty was scolding her daughter telling her to sit down quiclly becuse "wo larki" (that was referring to me) would take her seat, on a flight from karachi to saudi.....lol, i mean ur seat no' is written on ticket! I just laughed and told her "aunty yeh jahaz hay, karchi ki minibus nahi, jahan seaton ke lia mukkay ghoonsay khaane parayn, ap ka seat no' ap kay ticket per likha hay"
 
Oh yeah once i remember two desi guys started fighting and one started crying :))) coz the other one had run a loaded suitcase trolley on his toes!!! my gawd! hata paai, galum galoch started and security staff had to intervene! happened at karachi airport
 
Oh yeah once i remember two desi guys started fighting and one started crying :))) coz the other one had run a loaded suitcase trolley on his toes!!! my gawd! hata paai, galum galoch started and security staff had to intervene! happened at karachi airport

lol Desis at their very best
 
People pushing in really got to me when I landed in Pakistan. I abused them only for an FIA officer to bring a card with my name on it to take me to the front of the line. lol
 
How about the desi aunty/uncle who you end up sitting next to on the plane who don't know English and you are made to be the interpreter for them and fill out their immigration forms.
 
puttar ae movie minu vi laa dey....

2 mins later

teri shaadi ho gai ei?....


the customs guy in Pak.... sir app ka passport? yeh lain... sir app ka shnakhti/Nadra card? yeh lain, kidhar jaa rahay ho? maamu ke haan... kyon jaa rahay ho? app apnay ghar toh rehnay nahin dain gey, iss liye socha unhi ke haan reh loon.... laughs with a little bit of anger and trying hard to find a way to get some $$$ out of me... yeh app ka passport 2 maheenon mein expire ho raha hai? .... sir ji howa toh nahin na.... yeh nadra card sey baad mein banwaya hai? ji aur woh bhi daikh lain kahin expired toh hai.... quickly looks at it, nahin yeh toh 2015 mein expire ho ga, aisa kyon? sir ji app unh ko call kar ke poocho, unhon ney issue kia hai mainey thori... aik min ruko, tries really hard to find something, till his officer goes "oh hunh unu jaan vi dey, ya waqai ghar lei ke jaana ei"... koi baat nahin sir ji inhain tasali kar lainay dain kahin mein bhi toh expired nahin hoon....
 
How about the desi aunty/uncle who you end up sitting next to on the plane who don't know English and you are made to be the interpreter for them and fill out their immigration forms.

funniest was when one of the desi aunties refused to return the food utensils after a lunch saying that she wants to keep the bartan

air hostess didnt know Urdu/Punjabi and the aunty didnt know English so it was a almighty mess

i let the comedy show go on for a little while before i intervened haha
 
holly molly, how could you all forget the trolly/buggy guys...

i am getting out of the airport accompanied with a few family guys, and i hear the sweetest tone of voice going "baalti bhai, baalti bhai jaan" i couldnt recognize the voice so i turn around to look and i am like damn i cant recognize the voice, nor can i recognize the person, **** not good, now what.... until my uncle goes "daffa ho"... i am like uncle ji why are you scolding the guy, i have never been addressed to with such love and affection, and i go to the guy "yaar forgive me but i can't recognize you or your voice, please introduce yourself", my uncle starts to laugh, i am thinking maybe at my misery of not being able to recognize... until the guy goes, "baalti bhai, app ki kuch khidmat karnay ka mouka dein (let me do something for you, the buggy that is)" i finally realized the whole scenario, and go "haan yaar app ke baalti bhai ko bohat bhook lagi howi hai koi roti paani ka intezam karo".... apparently he overheard my family calling out my name etc, and just wouldnt let us be, and kept harassing us for money etc, when he didnt even do anyhting, and then another couple of those guys came running our way, these buggy guys...
 
the bansuri waala uncle + singing guy at karachi airport... really good...
 
not at an airport but, lolz...

we were travelling on a bus and it stopped at a bus station/adda and there i quickly got off to use the toilet (although mighty dirty/unkept) but i had to relieve myself, i came out and my cousins were already running to the next bus we were to take and it was about to leave, and i was behind, khair i try to rush until this young guy goes "ooo paisey do" i am like eff off meri bus nikal jaye gi, he goes "5 rupee do saab ji" i was usually on a giving spree to beggers etc but in a rush now i was in no mood and started to walk away again and the guy grabs my arm and repeats "paisay daina ya..." one of my cousin watching from a far yells "nawab ji oh toilet use karan de paisay mang reya ae bheek nahin"... lolz... then it hit me, i was like ooopsie....
 
not at an airport but, lolz...

we were travelling on a bus and it stopped at a bus station/adda and there i quickly got off to use the toilet (although mighty dirty/unkept) but i had to relieve myself, i came out and my cousins were already running to the next bus we were to take and it was about to leave, and i was behind, khair i try to rush until this young guy goes "ooo paisey do" i am like eff off meri bus nikal jaye gi, he goes "5 rupee do saab ji" i was usually on a giving spree to beggers etc but in a rush now i was in no mood and started to walk away again and the guy grabs my arm and repeats "paisay daina ya..." one of my cousin watching from a far yells "nawab ji oh toilet use karan de paisay mang reya ae bheek nahin"... lolz... then it hit me, i was like ooopsie....

This is quite usual to be honest, you will see many washrooms in UK where you have to pay for them.

Don't see anything big in this.
 
One thing they have started to do in Pakistani airports is that when you will be taking your trolling of lugages to your car, some random guy comes up and just places his hand on the lugage to show that he's helping and at the end he is like pay me for helping you.

Like what the hell?

No one called them or anything they just radomly came, ad now asking me money for what? Placing your damn hand on the lugage?
 
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One thing they have started to do in Pakistani airports is that when you will be taking your trolling of lugages to your car, some random guy comes up and just places his hand on the lugage to show that he's helping and at the end he is like pay me for helping you.

Like what the hell?

No one called them or anything they just radomly came, ad now asking me money for what? Placing your damn hand on the lugage?

thats right
 
One thing they have started to do in Pakistani airports is that when you will be taking your trolling of lugages to your car, some random guy comes up and just places his hand on the lugage to show that he's helping and at the end he is like pay me for helping you.

Like what the hell?

No one called them or anything they just radomly came, ad now asking me money for what? Placing your damn hand on the lugage?

:))) :)))

Now that's easy money.
 
That trolly guy started arguing with us that we should pay him for bring the lugages (placing his hand on the lugages), and my dad is like, "pher Apne itne Takalaaf Q ke"?


Btw has anyone been to the Benazir Bhutto Airport, it is like a bus terminal now. When we came, i din't even know when did i entered the airport and just came out, so messed up.

Hope the new Islamabad Airport would be better and should be named Benazir Bhutto Airport.
 
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