Korean passenger fined for kicking seats aboard Hanoi-bound flight

A Korean passenger who flew business class has been fined by a Vietnamese airport operator for disturbing a Korean Air flight that landed in Hanoi last week.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur was about to arrive in the Vietnamese capital city from Seoul on flight KE679 on September 8 when he asked a flight attendant to serve him more alcohol, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported on September 12.

With the passenger previously ordering a shot of liquor, the flight attendant rejected the request.

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The interior of a Korean Air plane is seen in this photo posted on the carrier's Facebook.

Angered, the Korean man began repeatedly kicking the nearby row of seats, eventually damaging the seat-back valets on the seats numbered 9D, 9E, and 9F, according to Nguoi Lao Dong.

As it was a long-haul flight, the valets contained not only in-flight manual and airsickness bags, but also several accessories such as sleeping masks, earplugs, brushes and tubes of toothpaste.  

The cabin crew immediately booked the case, which would be reported to the airport operator in Hanoi for the final decision. 

According to international aviation practices, all issues arising during an international flight will be handled by authorities in the destination country.

The Northern Airports Authority therefore dealt with the case and decided on September 11 to fine the man VND4 million (US$179) for damaging the plane seats.

The Korean man paid the fine and was allowed entry shortly after.

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