Korean Air Faces Sanctions After Nutgate
South Korea may suspend some Korean Air flights as a result of Nutgate, the incident in which an executive of the airline had an outburst on board a flight about to depart from New York because she was unhappy with the manner in which her macadamia nuts were served to her.
Cho Hyun-ah, a vice president whose responsibilities include in-flight service at the airline, resigned last week amidst public ridicule. She directed “loud and abusive language” at the flight crew after being served an unopened package of nuts instead of on a plate, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in a statement.
The ministry also said that following the incident, airline executives had tried to induce crew members to “make false statements” to government investigators in order to protect the executive, who is the daughter of the airline’s chairman Cho Yang-ho.
“We will impose a suspension of flights or a financial penalty against Korean Air for violating aviation laws,” said Kwon Yong-bok, a senior ministry official of airline safety, at the media briefing. Korean law bans onboard disturbances that could endanger the safety of an aircraft.
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