Airport authorities and flight crews in Vietnam are on high alert due to a few national trends in TikTok videos compromising aviation safety.
The TikTok videos, shot by young passengers at airports and during flights across Vietnam, have caused a stir in public opinion recently.
The latest one, circulated online on Monday, captured a young woman sitting on a baggage carousel at Phu Quoc International Airport in the namesake island city off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
That was already the third TikTok video of women posing for social media content on conveyor belts at airports in Vietnam after two others posted on July 23 and 22.
While the director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), Dinh Viet Thang, condemned the action as a violation of security and safety at airports, all the three videos quickly went viral on the Internet and came under severe censure.
|This screenshot from a TikTok video shows a woman posing for social media content while sitting on the conveyer belt at Tan San Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.|
“I don’t get why many young people want to show off these days, even in a way that leaves them in trouble,” said a user named Minh Phuc.
“This is probably a consequence of virtual living and following TikTok trends without knowing when to stop.”
Other netizens commented that such action was not only offensive but also dangerous to the person herself because her clothes might have got stuck, damaging airport property.
Some others said it might be the case that the women in the videos and their cameramen just acted spontaneously without realizing that what they were doing was against the law.
However, the netizens also called on authorities to handle these people thoroughly.
“Or else, the airport can turn into a catwalk for these young men and women,” a netizen commented.
“If this issue is not handled, there would be a TikToker climbing on the roof of a plane someday,” another netizen said, ridiculing the nature of the short video platform, in which users mimic whatever is trendy.
|This screenshot from a TikTok video shows a woman dancing and posing for social media content on the apron while a plane was moving nearby at Phu Quoc International Airport off Kien Giang Province, Vietnam.|
Before the baggage carousel incidents, passengers were captured dancing around and posing for Tiktok videos on the apron of a runway while a plane was moving nearby as well as putting smartphones in the plane window and pulling its cover down to record the outdoor landscapes during their trips in a time-lapse mode.
Both of them caused a threat to flight safety, according to people in the industry.
Airplane engines have strong suction that can suck a person in, while a small object being sucked into the engine also risks damaging the airplane.
In non-stop operation for a few hours combined with the impact of sunlight, smartphones may become overheated and explode when trapped in the window.
Following their circulation on TikTok, videos following these trends also sparked criticism from netizens.
With the emergence of the TikTok trends, personnel at airports across Vietnam and cabin crews have to work harder to prevent such dangerous acts.
The CAAV is working to take proper legal actions against the violators, including considering a flight ban on the women in the baggage carousel videos.