What Happened During Korean Air’s “Nut Rage” Scandal?

BY JST NEWS Korea Air nut rage

Lesson learned. Never go nuts over a bag of nuts on a plane.

On Dec. 5, Korean Air Chairman’s daughter Heather (Hyun-ah) Cho boarded a flight heading from JFK International Airport to Incheon, South Korea. Upon receiving a bag of macadamia nuts as opposed to nuts served on a plate, Cho grew aggressive toward a junior flight attendant.

Cho, who is also a former Korean Air Vice President, then demanded to see the head flight attendant Park Chang-jin, and her attitude grew from bad to ugly. Park explained later that she cursed at him and hit him with the airline’s service guidebook, then forced him and another female flight attendant to kneel on the floor. Afterwards, Cho forced Park off the plane in which the flight was delayed 20 minutes and arrived in Incheon 11 minutes later than scheduled.

International coverage of the incident prompted a public apology from both Korean Air’s Chairman Cho Yang-ho and his daughter on Friday, Dec. 12. The chairman was deeply sorry for her daughter’s inexcusable behavior and stripped away executive titles his daughter held at Hanjin Group which included: President of KAL Hotel Network, Wangsan Leisure Development and HanjinTravel.

Please blame me, it’s all my fault. I failed to bring her up properly.

Now called “nut rage” incident across the globe and social media, the negative light has put shame and humiliation upon South Koreans.

According to Korean Times, by violating Korea’s Aviation Safety and Privacy Protection laws which forbidens behavior that disturbs aircraft operations by force or authority. Cho now faces criminal penalties since violation of the law can face up to 10 years in prison. Under investigation, Cho is banned to travel internationally and prosecution has secured the plane’s black box along with records regarding flight KEO86.

In addition, efforts to boycott Korean Air has begun among New York’s Korean communities including Korean American Association of Queens and Korean-American Parents Association of Great New York.

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What do you think of the “nut rage” incident? Let us know in the comments below.

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2 Comments on “What Happened During Korean Air’s “Nut Rage” Scandal?”

  1. Arjay
    January 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    this disgraceful incident must end with heather cho imprisoned – I think a minimum of 5 yrs – and possibly the govt taking KAL from the cho family which has shown they should not have it.
    they have disgraced Koreans around the world with such elitist behavior and now this family must suffer the consequences of their horrible actions – which I believe are in the hundreds because employees claimed that working for KAL is like being slaves to Cho family members.

    it is the right time to also let other chaebol relatives understand that this is not feudal korea.
    they will now be held responsible for their actions and must treat employees with respect.

    heather chun ah cho: you are an evil witch who has been exposed due to your arrogance and quite frankly we thank you for showing us it is now time to make the chaebol families
    pay the price of being so utterly rich.

  2. Ask Ati
    January 28, 2015 at 1:03 am #

    I have heard contrary to this so called Nut Rage incident, Korean Air is at an all time Popular to Work for Company in Korea. Although the unfortunate incident happened on US soil, if this had been on an US plane the Chief Steward along with the Pilot might also be held accountable for such disrespectful attitudes towards its customers whom they also have to answer to as well. How else but to punish not just the bully, but the blind leading the blind as well. In all, it should also be fair to say had it happened on South Korea soil, we might not of heard anything at all, since apparently all these Chaebols do the same to its honorable citizens.

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