Airline faces ‘nut rage’ punishment

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Korean Air Lines will face penalties for pressuring staff to lie during a government probe into the “nut rage” incident.

South Korea’s transport ministry said the carrier could face up to 21 days of flight suspensions or shell out a £830,000 fine for breaking aviation law.

Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, went crackers after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, forcing the aircraft to return to the gate and ordering a crew member off the December 5 flight.

She later resigned from executive roles including head of cabin service amid a storm of criticism over the incident, which made world headlines and spawned parodies on the internet.

Demand for macadamia nuts also skyrocketed, with Auction, a South Korean unit of eBay, saying sales surged nearly 1,200% during the five days to Sunday without any promotions.

And the website of e-commerce firm Coupang showed Mauna Loa macadamia nuts were out of stock.

The transport ministry said the airline would also be punished because Ms Cho lied during the inquiry into the incident and the captain was negligent in his duties.

It said Ms Cho used abusive language to flight attendants but could not ascertain if she used violence.

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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