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South Korean fined for smoking on Seoul-HCMC flight

By Hoang Phong   August 20, 2019 | 08:15 pm PT
South Korean fined for smoking on Seoul-HCMC flight
A South Korean man was slapped with fine for smoking on an international flight bound for Ho Chi Minh City on August 14, 2019. Photo by Shutterstock/HoAnhKhoa.
Vietnamese aviation authorities fined a 77-year-old South Korean man VND4 million ($172) on Tuesday for smoking on a flight from Seoul to Saigon.

On August 14, Choe Sang S. was caught smoking in the toilet during the five-hour-long Korean Air flight. The crew reported the incident to local authorities upon landing at Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Passengers are almost always reminded not to smoke before take-off, but some still try to sneak a puff in the toilets, ignoring the no-smoking warnings.

Smoking is one of many flight safety violations reported in Vietnam in recent years.

In 2017 a Chinese man received a $172-fine for smoking on a flight from Taipei to Hanoi.

The same year, flight bans were imposed on 40 people in Vietnam for smoking, fighting or stealing on flights.

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