A business-class passenger who slapped a Vietnam Airlines cabin crew has been given a six-month flight ban, according to aviation authorities.
The man, identified as Mai Thanh B., 46, will not be transported by any carrier in the next six months, Dinh Viet Son, Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Authority, told Thanh Nien Thursday.
B. was also imposed a fine of VND15 million (US$700) by the Southern Airports Authority after the incident onboard a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on Aug. 13.
After landing in HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport, the plane was taxiing when B. told the cabin crew he could not find his iPhone 6 Plus.
He said he had left the phone on the table before dozing off, and asked the flight attendant who folded the table before landing if she took it.
When she said she didn't see it, B. slapped her in the face.
The phone was later found under the seat in front of B.'s
B., a businessman who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, told Thanh Nien he knew slapping the attendant was wrong and would pay the fine.
He said, however, that he was not convinced by the possibility that the phone had fallen to the floor.
He claimed to have searched under the seats carefully but had not found the phone.