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February 2, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An in-flight “improvised performance” by scantily clad flight attendants in frilly underwear, feathers and sequins has been captured on video, drawing an apology from the budget airline responsible.

The stunt, in which some attendants wore bikinis embellished with frills and at least one other wore a more elaborate outfit with a headdress and frilly underwear, was apparently arranged on the spot to welcome home Vietnam’s Under-23 national men’s soccer team – even though the team was soundly beaten by Uzbekistan in the tournament in China.

The airline behind it is Vietnam’s cut-price carrier VietJet, whose chief executive Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao has apologised via Facebook. To add another layer of complexity, it should be noted that Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is a woman – Vietnam’s first female billionaire, no less. She says the frilly underwear welcome was an impromptu act by staff, not something arranged by the airline.

VietJet flight attendants

VietJet is known for using attractive young female flight attendants in bikinis to draw customers.

Facebook users from Vietnam slammed the latest “burlesque revue” type in-flight dancing as rude, cheap, and offensive.

Welcome greeting for team member

Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority agreed, levying light fines over the incident. The airline was fined VND 40 million (about AUD 2200), and the flight’s chief steward was fined VND 4 million (about AUD 220) for permitting the frilly stunt.

Written by Peter Needham

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