Korean Air, one of Republic of Korea's top carriers, has been fined VND75 million (US$3,588) for allowing the transport of weapons without permission, the Giao Thong Van Tai (Transport) newspaper reported Wednesday (April 24).
The decision on the fine was signed by Nguyen Van Huyen, Ministry of Transport's chief inspector.
On January 8, airline security officials at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport found in five different pieces of baggage belonging to Hang Xeng, 51, a United States national, the disassembled components of a sports gun made in the US and a telescopic sight made in China.
The bags were carried on Korean Air flight KE679 flying from South Korea's northwestern city of Icheon.
Vietnam has recently confiscated several sport guns and air pistols from passengers arriving in Vietnam, the newspaper quoted the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam as saying. No further details were provided.
The news report said fines have been imposed in least seven cases of passengers carrying guns without papers or informing the authorities, but this was the first case the carrier was being fined.
Under Vietnam's current regulations, a carrier which transports weapons without permission from any authorities will be fined between VND50-100 million. Anyone who brings explosives, radioactive substances or military weapons into the plane without permission will be fined VND20-30 million.
The report carried no news of any response from Korean Air.
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