Angry passengers refused to let two Pakistani politicians board a flight in Karachi on Monday evening because they believed the two legislators were to blame for a two-hour takeoff delay.
"There are times when something you dream of actually happens, like Sen. Rehman Malik getting booted off that Pakistan International Airlines flight," Rabia Ahmed, a blogger for the Express Tribune in Pakistan, wrote.
The plane sat on the tarmac at Jinnah International Airport and passengers were told the delay was because crew members were waiting for two VIPs to arrive.
When Malik and member of the National Assembly Ramesh Kumar Vankwani arrived to board the flight, passengers stood up and told them to get off.
I hv right to defend myself agst the allegation.PK370 /1900hr was delayed b/c tech reasons/was expected to leave at 2030. So no delay for me— Rehman Malik (@SenRehmanMalik) September 16, 2014
Malik later used Twitter to defend his late arrival by saying the flight had already been delayed for technical reasons.
"I have (the) right to defend myself (against) the allegation," he wrote.