Low-cost Vietnamese airline VietJet Air took in-flight entertainment to a whole new level by hosting a bikini show right down the aisles of one of their planes. Now the airline has received a fine by Vietnamess aviation authorities for the unapproved show.
VietJet has to pay up $1,000 after organizing a Hawaiian-themed dance show featuring bikini-clad women to celebrate their first flight between Ho Chi Minh City and the tourist area of Nha Trang.
On an August 3 flight five women from a local beauty contest put on a three-minute dance down the aisle for the passengers. The performance was recorded on phones and cameras and posted online.
"It was the first flight to a beach town, so we came up with the idea of getting a number of girls in bikinis to dance and make passengers happy to improve our customer service," a VietJet official said, as quoted by Times Live.
While the passengers enjoyed the entertainment, aviation officials were not so thrilled. According to Nguyen Trong Thang, chief inspector of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, the airline "violated local aviation regulations" by putting on "an unapproved show on a flight."
"They should have registered [with us] before they held the show," Thang said, as quoted by Times Live. "This is the first time an airline has organized a bikini dance aboard a flight in Vietnam."
Thang said that VietJet Air didn't violate safety rules in regards to passengers using camera phones to record the show because their cameras were being used in movie mode and they didn't affect plane safety.