Vietnam Airlines fined two female passengers VND 7.5 million ($350) each for causing a scene over a male passenger on a Friday night flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
The man, who was the cause of the fight, was not fined because he “tried his best to calm them down,” a Vietnam Airlines spokesman said on Monday.
The trio, whose names were not released, were seated together in a single row with the two women positioned on either side of a man.
It remains unclear whether the explosive seating arrangement was (poorly) planned or an unfortunate twist of fate.
Just minutes before the plane took off, the two rivals began lobbing insults over the object of their affection.
One of the women--the man's ex-lover--allegedly slapped her rival--his wife--in the face.
His wife, 24, retaliated by throwing a kick over her husband.
Somehow, the man's ex-girlfriend got hold of his wife's high heel and began using it to assault its owner.
The man, 30, could neither escape nor stop their vicious attacks.
A stewardess and a group of other passengers rallied to the scene, where they also failed to quell the violence.
Finally, an airport security team boarded the plane and escorted the trio back into the terminal with their hand-luggage.
The passengers were asked to re-check their hand-luggage to make sure the trio hadn't left anything unsafe onboard.
Security later learned that the man and his 28-year old ex-lover had two children before he married his current wife.
The ex-lover allegedly started the argument by accusing the wife of having seduced her man, according to incident reports submitted by both of the assailants.