Ho Chi Minh City – VietJet Air, a budget Vietnamese airline, was fined for entertaining passengers with a “Hawaiian Dance Performance” featuring beautiful bikini-clad girls and allowing passengers to use video cameras to record the show.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) inflicted a fine of VND 20 million (Vietnamese Dong) to VietJet Air (VJA) for organizing a bikini show on its Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang flight on August 3. At the current exchange rate the fine is equivalent to about US$950.
The CAAV decided to impose the fine to VietJet because the bikini show “had not been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, and thus breached aviation safety and security regulations.”, according to News24. Furthermore, the airline allowed passengers to use their cell phones and video cameras to record the show. According to CAAV, the use of electronic equipment during the flight breaches aviation safety regulations, reports Ninemsn.com.
The airline is known for having their flight attendants entertain passengers with dancing and singing routines and distributing gifts (video below). In this occasion, however, the young girls participating in the show, called “Hawaiian Dance Performance” were not part of the crew but contestants for “Miss Ngoi Sao”, a beauty pageant organized by Ngoi Sao online newspaper.
The show started after the plane had reached cruising altitude and lasted about three minutes, but many passengers will treasure the memories of their 50-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City to the coastal resort of Nha Trang for a long time. Nha Trang is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.
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State-run media reported Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Administration fined Vietjet Air 20 million dong (£616) for staging the three-minute show on 3 August without receiving official approval.
A YouTube video shows young women in open vests and red bikini tops dancing down the aisle and handing out teddy bears as gleeful male passengers smile and snap photographs on the flight.
In a letter to Vietnamese authorities on Tuesday, the company said the event inaugurated its first flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang on the southern coast. It said all safety regulations were followed. A company spokeswoman refused to comment on the fine today, but confirmed the local beauty queens were paid for their performance. She would not give her name because she was not authorized to speak to the media.
Privately owned Vietjet Air was founded in 2007 and operated its first flight in December.
VietJet Air, a budget airline in Vietnam, must pay a VND 20 million ($950) fine to federal regulators after allowing a parade of bikini-clad models to entertain passengers without prior approval.
The in-flight entertainment, which a few enterprising passengers caught on camera, occurred on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang on August 3, according to Digital Journal (via Philip Caulfield at the New York Daily News).
While VietJet is known for having flight attendants entertain passengers, the scantily dressed women on the August 3 flight were not airline employees but contestants in a beauty contest organized by a Vietnamese newspaper.
Vietnamese regulators said that because the show had not been approved beforehand, it breached federal aviation and security regulations, Digital Journal reported.
The show lasted around three minutes but we’re sure that for some passengers, it was the highlight of their trip.