Airline fined for bikini show

by Alister POOLE on August 10, 2012

A Vietnamese airline has received a fine for having several former beauty pageant contestants dance on a plane without having requested permission from the South East Asian country’s civil aviation body beforehand.

Tuoi Tre, a newspaper owned and run by the state, reported that carrier VietJetAir must pay £611 for the incident, which had been captured by passengers who used their mobile phones then subsequently uploaded their footage to YouTube. Understandably, clips of the incident have received hundreds of thousands of views on the media-share website.

Five women, contestants in a Vietnamese beauty contest this year, completed their three-minute performance in the aisle, as alleged by reports. The airline’s stunt last week celebrated a maiden flight from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang, a popular beach town.

Vietnam’s civil aviation body’s chief inspector,  Nguyen Trong Thang, commented to the press that the carrier violated local aviation regulations through organising a show on board a plane that was unapproved. It was added that mobiles used to record  the show had been put in flight mode, which is why no threat to safety was present.

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