A screener at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City was suspended for failing to detect a passenger who had a knife in her carry-on luggage. The knife made it onto the flight and was observed being used by the passenger. The 20cm knife was used to peel fruit while aboard a plane. The incident took place on flight VN208 from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in July.
The airport authorities said the knife which was put in a hard-to-see position in the passenger’s hand luggage and the officer failed to see it during the screening process, in spite of following regulations when conducting the screening. This was verified using the video surveillance system at the screening checkpoint.