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Vietnamese airline fined for in-flight bikini dance show
VietJetAir decided its inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang should be something special. For most travelers, that might mean an extra pack of peanuts, perhaps a heavier-than-normal pour of orange juice. For VietJet flyers, special translated to a bikini-clad dance performance.
Unfortunately for the new airline, Vietnam's Civil Aviation Administration lobbed a fine for the in-cabin show, The Associated Press reports, of 20 million dong, or $960, for failing to get it approved. Peanuts to an airline, perhaps, but that's $220 per minute of a techno-backed, hip-shaking routine this particular traveler would have quite enjoyed. As it's hardly a world of smiling Pan Am flight attendants anymore, we tourists put up with a lot, what with mentally taxed pilots (JetBlue), needles in cuisine (Delta) and the ever-present threat of a Kevin Smith boarding (Southwest).
A hippy-shake-shake from local beauty queens, clad in red bikini tops -- and handing out teddy bears, the AP notes -- could be what we all need. Dance on, Vietjet!