Vietnam aviation authorities Friday fined a Vietnamese passenger VND4 million (US$180) for smoking on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Hanoi.
Nguyen Trong Dan, 28, was found smoking in the toilet of the aircraft when it was landing in Bangkok Tuesday.
Dan was slapped with the penalty on arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport.
According to a Vietnamese government decree, smoking on flights is subject to a fine of up to VND5 million ($231).
Many travelers, both Vietnamese and foreigners, have been caught violating the rule recently.
A South Korean man Tuesday got a similar fine for smoking on a flight of more than four and a half hours from Incheon to Hanoi. He was caught smoking in the toilet just 15 minutes before the plane was scheduled to land.