|Passengers queue at check-in counter of the Nội Bài International Airport. — VNA/VNS Huy Hùng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Northern Airports Authority has fined two staff members of the Nội Bài Airport Security Centre for not seriously obeying regulations when they allowed a woman listed on a no-fly list to board an Aeroflot plane, traveling from Hà Nội to Moscow, on January 3.
They were fined VNĐ4 million (US$88) each under Item 3, Article 15 of Government Decree 147, issued in 2013. Additionally, a member of the staff of Aeroflot – the Russian airlines - was also penalised the same amount.
The passenger, named Phạm Thu Thủy, 36, of the northern province of Hải Dương’s Hải Tân Ward, was banned from flying between September 16, 2017 and March 15, 2018 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) because she quarreled with a passenger on another Aeroflot flight, traveling from Hà Nội to Moscow last August.
After issuing the ban, the CAAV had asked Vietnamese airlines, and those which operate in Việt Nam, to refuse to transport Thủy during this period. Airports have been required to tighten security monitoring to prevent Thủy from boarding flights.
However, she was still able to board a flight on January 3. The agency has asked Aeroflot to pay more attention, to avoid repeating such cases in the future.
Tô Tử Hùng, deputy head of the CAAV’s Airport Security Office, told Tuổi trẻ (Youth) online newspaper that it had only issued an administrative fine, and the two staff members would be disciplined after the conclusion of the CAAV’s inspection to determine why the woman could slip through surveillance and board the plane. — VNS