A Vietnam Airlines passenger is facing a VND20 million (US$959) fine for opening an emergency exit door shortly after landing, according to a press release issued by the national air carrier on Tuesday (August 28).
Luu Quoc Vinh, a passenger on a flight from Vinh to Ho Chi Minh City, reportedly opened the emergency exit door after the Airbus 321 landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 6:20 p.m. on Monday.
After the emergency chute was deployed, Vinh was seized and crew members reported him to airport authorities.
He told crew members that when passengers were getting off the plane, an elderly passenger told him to open "more doors," and he opened the emergency exit door thinking it was just an extra door.
According to Vietnam Airlines, it took around nine hours to roll up the emergency chute. The Airbus aircraft was unable to operate during that time, causing a "great loss" for the airline.
The carrier has proposed that the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) levy a VND20 million fine against the passenger.
According to the CAAV, unnecessarily opening an emergency exit is punishable by fines ranging from VND10 to 20 million.
Incidents of attempting to open and opening emergency exit doors are reported quite frequently in Vietnam.
Earlier this month, Hanoian Vu Quoc Hung boarded a Vietnam Airlines plane bound for HCMC and was fined VND10 million for opening an emergency exit shortly before takeoff.
Hung later explained to authorities that he became dizzy after boarding the plane and simply wanted some fresh air.
He said he was flying for the first time and was unaware of standard flight regulations.
Hung requested that the CAAV to let him off with a warning due to his "ignorance," but the proposal was rejected.
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