Vietnamese businessman smacked flight attendant on waist with phone: airport authority

By Dinh Quan, Thanh Nien News

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Vietjet Air attendants onboard a plane. Photo: Khanh An 
A Vietjet Air passenger faces a fine for insulting a flight attendant and hitting her on the waist with his phone, the Southern Airports Authority said in a statement Monday.
Pham Trong Van, 69, did not sexually harass four attendants as previously reported by the media, the agency said.
He faces a fine of VND3-5 million (US$133-222) for violating aviation regulations, it said.
Van, director of a construction company in Nghe An, boarded the flight from Vinh to Ho Chi Minh City Sunday and sat at the front.
He wanted to use the toilet in the front but an attendant, who was pushing a food trolley, asked him to use the toilet in the rear.
But he insisted on using the one in the front, and the attendant asked him to wait. He allegedly badly insulted the attendant and used his phone to smack her on the waist.
She immediately reported to the pilot.
When the plane landed at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, Van was escorted to the security office.
At the office, Van refused to sign a document admitting to his alleged misbehavior.
Tran Thi Anh Thu, another attendant on the flight, said the one assaulted by Van was chief attendant Bui Thi Ngoc Phuong.
He had also grumbled at a Thai attendant, she said.
“That was the incident. There was no sexual harassment of four attendants.”
An official from the airport authority said Van would be banned from flying for a time if he refuses to pay the fine.

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