On Tuesday October 18th two Vietnam Airlines passengers assaulted a Hanoi airport employee after missing their flight to Ho Chi Minh City. They showed up at the gate 4 minutes past schedule departure time.
Now D-0 frustrates me as much as the next passenger. But here the two attackers didn’t just fail to show up at the gate 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure, they showed up after departure time.
And aside from the appalling attack two things strike me about this incident.
- Missing a Vietnam Airlines Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City flight shouldn’t be cause for too much concern. On Tuesdays the carrier is currently operating 26 flights on the route. There would have been at least a couple of flights within the hour after this one.
- The Hanoi Transportation Department’s chief inspector confirms that one of the assailants was “a member of his inspection team.”
Both passengers have been banned from Vietnamese air travel.