Woman carries sharp knife on Vietnam Airlines flight

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A Vietnamese woman managed to smuggle a sharp knife through airport security and onto a domestic Vietnam Airlines flight on Monday. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has launched an investigation into the incident.

An elderly lady is pictured peeling fruit with a 20cm sharp knife on Vietnam Airlines flight VN208 from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi on Monday morning. A cabin crew member noticed the knife and immediately confiscated it. However, the incident raises concerns about the meticulousness of airport security at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh.

The lady only used the knife to peel the fruit, so maybe she didn’t have bad intentions. However, it is strictly forbidden to bring sharp objects on domestic or international flights and passengers and airport staff who break the rules can get in big trouble if weapons find their way into the cabin.

Regulations prohibit passengers from carrying razors or knives or anything with a long blade in their carry-on baggage. Violators can be fined up to 7-10 million Vietnamese dollars (about 11,000-16,000 baht).

CAAV Aviation Security Department Chief To Tu Hung said serious incidents like this can result in the punishment of passengers and the revocation of the license of any security guard found guilty. The CAAV carried out a thorough safety inspection of the entire aircraft after the incident.

To Tu Hung said the woman could be fined for the incident, but would not face criminal charges. If a ground safety officer is found to have failed in his duty, his license will be revoked, To Tu Hung said.

In May, three women managed to smuggle 87.8 million baht worth of heroin through security at Thai and Indian airports, but were eventually caught by police as they transported the drugs through the India.

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