VietJet Air gets $1,000 fine over bikini show on plane

Vietnam aviation authorities have imposed a VND20 million ($960) fined on private carrier VietJet Air (VJA) for organizing a bikini show on its flight on August 5, 2012.

Nguyen Trong Thang, chief inspector of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), told Tuoi Tre that he had signed the decision of administrative penalty for the budget airline.

The decision came after the Wednesday meeting between Thang, representatives of relevant state aviation agencies, and VJA on the incident.

After reviewing the show’s video clips which were posted on the Internet and listening to the explanation from VJA, CAAV representatives analyzed the wrong points in organizing such event on a flight to VJA representatives.

Thang said VJA got the fines as it had violated the local aviation regulations by organizing unapproved show on a plane.

When being asked if VJA had also violated aviation safety regulation for letting passengers using camera phones to record the 3-minute show, Thang said since the phones were used in movie mode only, they did not affect flight safety.

In addition, the plane had already reached its safe altitude before the time the show occurred, he said.

VJA last Friday hosted the bikini show, which was called a Hawaiian dance performance, on its flight from Ho Chi Minh City to the coastal city of Nha Trang  with the participation of many young girls who are the contestants of a local beauty pageant, Miss Ngoi Sao.

The contest is co-hosted by newswire Vnexpress and VJA.

VJA officially announced its operation on December 2, 2011, marking its participation in budget air service in Vietnam.

It is the fifth air carrier after Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, Air Mekong and Vasco.

 Source: Tuoi Tre Online

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