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Airport security staff admits to slapping Chinese passenger

VietNamNet Bridge – A security officer who was in charge of screening luggage at Cam Ranh international airport in Khanh Hoa province admitted that he slapped the back of a Chinese tourist during a chaotic incident at the airport.

Airport security staff admits to slapping Chinese passenger

On May 5, Phan Le Hoan, Director of the Cam Ranh Airport said that based on security cameras at the airport, a security officer named Nguyen Van Thai, 30, had to admit to slapping a Chinese tourist.

"This staff has been suspended. We are discussing the penalty,” Hoan said, adding that he wished to find the address of the foreign tourist to apologize.

Hoan said of the six international flights departing from the Cam Ranh airport on the evening of May 2, the flight VN 462 to Hong Kong at 5.55pm could not take off because of air traffic jam in Hong Kong. The authorities of Cam Ranh Airport reported the incident to passengers.

At 7.40pm, the flight was delayed again because of the similar reason. The airport staff guided passengers to the waiting room. Some passengers began getting angry and did not cooperate with the airport staff. Some other passengers screamed, jumped on chairs to attract and excite the crowd.

“A Chinese male passenger intended to snap the support tools of security officers but failed. He was then controlled by airport security officers and was isolated. During the chaos, the security staff named Thai punched the back of Chinese tourist," Hoan said.

According to Mr. Hoan, visitors to the trading activity in Cam Ranh international airport should comply with the provisions and guidance of staff on duty.

"Where the traveler violates the riot act, security officials initially had to convince, to isolate this person to not affect other travelers," Hoan said.

The head of the International Air port of Cam Ranh said the security personnel was embarrassed about handling the situation that day, causing a regrettable incident.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has decided to fine and suspend the security officer. Thai will be fined VND10 million ($450).

The CAAV has instructed the airport to take specific measures to ensure its service quality, security, safety as well as its image.

Linh Nhat

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