Lahore- The pilot and cockpit crew of a Manchester-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight today briefly walked out of the plane, refusing to fly in protest against detainment of their colleagues.

The flight PK-709 from Lahore was ready for take-off, when the pilot and cockpit crew refused to fly the aircraft.

Earlier on the day, the crew of PIA flight PK-758 from London was held after mobile phones and foreign currency worth millions of rupees were recovered from them. Pakistan Customs officials recovered 5,000 pounds and 21 sets of iPhone 6 from the possession of Captain Amir Hashmi and his crew.

As a form of protest and in support of their fellow pilots and crew, the PK-709 crew refused to fly urging PIA to resolve the issue with customs. However, the crew decided to fly out after customs officials briefed them about rules for cabin crew and passengers.

Customs maintains that the same rules of bringing in foreign currency and items apply for PIA crew as for passengers.

It is reported that the crew members of flight PK-758 had changed their duties to attend the launch of Apple’s iPhone 6 and buy the latest model in bulk.