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I was trying to book my ticket on-line with PIA when under the special request section I saw the request for a "seaman". What would be your best guess as to what this service entails?

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There are special airfares for seamen going to or from a ship, might it just be that? –  Gagravarr Sep 17 '13 at 21:45
    
@Gagravarr airfare was on a previous page. but maybe –  Osama Javed Sep 17 '13 at 22:01
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Airlines crew sometimes need to travel from one airport to another as passengers but at the same time they are on duty (in airlines terminology we call that Deadheading). In this case the airlines need to move crew from one airport to another due to operational reasons (like bringing new aircraft or bringing an aircraft after being grounded for technical reasons for some time). Sometimes the airlines put the crew as deadhead on another airline as well. Same thing goes for seamen too, they need to be relocated from one location to another from time to time to be part of a crew in a ship located in another area.

My guess is the airlines are making the job easier for the seamen because seamen like airline crews use different types of visas unlike normal passengers or even do not have to have visas to many countries. Also, crews and seamen have a special arrangement with immigration authorities so they might mark them in the system in advance so when the information is passed to the destination country using APIS it will include that they are seamen and part of a crew.

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makes sense, something like travel.stackexchange.com/q/7102/46 –  Kate Gregory Sep 17 '13 at 22:14
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