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Just came back from SE Asia and was exposed to blatant corruption. To get onto Vietnam Air flight from REP to HAN I had to payoff their local manger $160 US to get on a pre booked and confirmed flight for wife and myself. After seeing our US passports their check in agent said that we must see the manager. He said he had to check with his higher ups to see if could get us on our flight. After about 15 minutes he said he might be able to get us on our flight or maybe we stay on in REP for another day. He eventually said we could go after deposited our "fee" into his into his wallet and quite frankly I was happy to leave.

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Wow. I wonder if there is an official complaint you can make to VA? I'm presuming there was no receipt?

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Why would you hand over $160 to anyone if you had a valid passport and plane ticket?

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When a manager of the airline says "pay this extra fee or you're not flying today and maybe we'll get you on a flight tomorrow", what exactly are you supposed to do? Ask to see the manager's manager? Try to find some sort of police officer? You really think that is going to both work and happen fast enough to allow you to make the flight? You either pay the bribe and go on your flight. Or you refuse to pay and probably miss the flight while dealing with it.

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I'd take the chance of missing the flight myself!

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Interesting post from flyertalk, dated in '07..... suggests it happened in the past. I've never had such a thing happen to me.


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<<< I'd take the chance of missing the flight myself! >>>

And overnight, the cost of boarding the plane increases.

It stinks but one is stuck between a rock and a hard place.


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I" ll be honest, I have never encountered this situation but I would be seriously tempted to take it to the nth degree. I'd want to see the supervisors supervisors and take the chance of staying an extra night, just to see where the employee took it,,,,but yeah, if someone asked me to play, I am pretty sue I would play and then some. Maybe that's why I have never encountered it.....

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People; This is SE Asia. It is not Europe or North America. Don't be so ethnocentric. Things swing different in different parts of the world. Either just realize it and go with the flow or don't go. Chuck.

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Congratulations on being complicit in corruption.