Two Vietnam Airlines passengers, including an Australian national, face fines for removing life jackets on two different flights to Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday.
Hoang Van Pin, a Vietnamese-Australian, was on a flight from Sydney, while Nguyen Thi Bien was flying from central Vietnam.
A carrier spokesperson said the passengers have been left to the Southern Airports Authority to deal with.
“Many passengers do that or steal the vests, which we have to import.
“The action does not only cause us a loss, but can also put the passengers themselves in danger if they happen to tear the vests and need them later.”
A passenger can be fined VND3-5 million (US$132-221) for damaging aircraft assets.
Critics say the penalties should be heavier.