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Budget Vietnamese carrier VietJet Air has been slapped with a $960 fine by authorities for organizing an in-flight bikini show, according to the Tuoi Tre news site.  The airline apparently violated local aviation regulations by organising "an unapproved show on a flight." The three-minute show was recorded on passenger camera phones and uploaded to YouTube

Edinburgh airport has made an embarrassing u-turn on its controversial decision to censor a widely-celebrated Picasso poster from its arrival lounge, according to the Guardian's Scotland blog. The poster of Picasso's Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, advertising a new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, apparently caused offence to some passengers, leading the airport to censor the poster. The airport later backed down and reinstated it.  

A pricing snafu that reportedly allowed thousands of customers to book El Al flights from several U.S. cities to Israel for a fraction of the normal price will be honored by the airline, according to the Consumerist blog. The airline blames an unnamed subcontractor for the erroneously priced tickets which were sold for as little as $330 for a roundtrip. The glitch comes just days after a promotion by Southwest Airlines backfired, resulting in customers being billed multiple times for a single ticket. 

Silver Airways started a new service from Washington DC to North Central West Virginia airport in Bridgeport this week. But just days into the service, the pilot of a Silver Airways Saab 340 carrying 11 passengers mistakenly landed at nearby tiny Fairmont airport, reports the Washington Post. The airline says it has launched an internal review.

Alaska Airlines this week responded to social media criticism of a handwritten message on the wing flap of a Boeing 737, reports CNN. The message, written by a maintenance technician, was "not appropriate and did not follow company procedures," according to an airline spokesman, who added: "we apologize for any alarm it may have caused."

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