Vietnamese officials were not happy with a budget airline after a flight to the popular coastal travel destination, Nha Trang, featured a prelude of bikini-clad beauty pageant contestants dancing down the isle. Officials fined the airline company almost $1,000 for the unsanctioned display, which took place on August 3, the BBC reports.
The budget airline, VietJet Air, had staged the five women to dance on the airplane in order to give the flight a “holiday atmosphere.” Apparently such a holiday atmosphere involves females clad in red bikini tops and sarongs dancing to a song with the lyrics “I’m crazy for banana” according to Boston.com.
Officials of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam concluded on Wednesday that the airline should be fined because the company had put on a show that violated local aviation regulations, not necessarily because of the type of show the airline produced. The movements choreographed in the dance were not, in themselves, particularly risque and all clothing remained on, but the women were put on display as objects of admiration and consumerism.
Several videos of the packed pre-flight show surfaced on the internet after passengers filmed the dance with their cell phones. Airline spokespeople maintain that all cell phones were on safe mode for the flight.
ABC News points out that the short 60-minute flight should naturally be a big tourist draw but that the budget airline was trying to retain customers with the stunt. One airline spokesperson claimed that the dancing women were there to, “make passengers happy and to improve our customer service.” This newest stunt is reminiscent of Korea Air commercials, which use the concept of attractive, enticing female flight attendants as products to draw customers in.