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Mid-air beauty pageant irks authorities

A Vietnamese airline is fined after employing beauty pageant contestants to dance for three minutes in an in-flight show aimed at boosting customer service ratings.

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A Vietnamese airline has been fined for hosting a mid-flight dance by bikini-clad beauty pageant contestants without first gaining permission.

Low-cost carrier VietJet Air was fined $US1000 ($A945) by the nation's aviation authorities for organising the Hawaiian-themed dance to celebrate its maiden flight between Ho Chi Minh City and the tourist hub of Nha Trang, state-owned newspaper Tuoi Tre reported on Thursday.

Five women, all candidates in a local beauty contest, performed the three-minute dance on the August 3 flight while passengers recorded the show on camera phones and later posted clips online, the paper added.

Vietnamese airline VietJet has been fined for hosting a mid-flight bikini dance by beauty pageant contestants without permission.

Vietnamese airline VietJet has been fined for hosting a mid-flight bikini dance by beauty pageant contestants without permission.

The airline "violated local aviation regulations" by organising "an unapproved show on a flight," Nguyen Trong Thang, chief inspector of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, was quoted as saying.

Thang added the pictures were taken while mobile phones were in flight-safe mode and did not pose any risk.

The incident has stirred public debate in conservative Vietnam after photographs and video clips of the sultry performance spread on the Internet.

AFP