Hanoi woman handed one-year flight ban after confrontation with flight attendants

The ban takes effect on May 21

Aircraft are seen at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Vietnam’s aviation authority has slapped a 12-month flight ban on a Hanoi woman after she was kicked off an airplane last month for improper behavior.

The no-fly ban takes effect on May 21, more than 1.5 months after Tran Thi T., a resident of Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District, was asked to leave a Vietjet flight and given a VND4 million (US$180) civil fine.

T. has since refused to pay, prompting the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to bar her from boarding flights for one year starting next week.

Once the ban expires, the 44-year-old woman will still face careful inspection by airport personnel prior to boarding any flight during a 12-month probation period ending May 22, 2019, according to the CAAV.

All domestic and international airlines with services to Vietnam have been notified of T.’s no-fly status.

On April 3, T. missed a gate-change announcement for her Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi flight with Vietjet.

After boarding the aircraft, the woman began yelling at flight attendants and verbally attacking a passenger who attempted to stop her, according to a video later shared online.

The Vietjet flight eventually departed Ho Chi Minh City 50 minutes behind schedule.

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