Korean Air Exec orders plane back to airport over nuts in a bag

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  1. canucklehead
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    Have not heard such a nutty :p story, but a Korean Airlines Executive Heather (Hyun-ah) Cho, who is VP and controls in-flight services, was on a flight ready to take off from JFK to ICN, when she reportedly demanded that the plane go back to the gate so the crew member who served her macadamia nuts out of a bag instead of on a plate in First Class could be kicked off the flight!

    Cho, who happens to be daughter of the airline Chairman and CEO, has resigned.

    I kinda hope this story is a hoax, as I find these abuses of power to be quite outrageous!


    http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/09/world/asia/korean-air-nuts-scandal/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30375004
     
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    Outrageous indeed. :eek:
     
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    She resigned.
     
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    A real nut case.....:)
     
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    Whilst she has resigned from her job, she still gets to keep the title of VP. Must be nice!
     
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    It's a family business after all. :)
     
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    Airline faces 'nut rage' punishment

    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.

    http://www.independent.ie/world-news/airline-faces-nut-rage-punishment-30840079.html
     
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    Macadamia sales soar in South Korea after airline executive's 'nut rage'

    SEOUL, South Korea -- Nut rage imploded the career of a Korean Air Lines executive and embarrassed her family and country. Now South Korean retailers are experiencing the unexpected upside: a boom in sales of macadamias.

    The flavourful macadamia nut was unfamiliar to many South Koreans until Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from New York City after she was served them in a bag, instead of on a plate.

    She resigned from executive roles including head of cabin service last week amid a storm of criticism about the tantrum that forced the flight to return to the gate. But macadamias are now a household name in South Korea and with curiosity about their taste piqued, sales are booming.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/maca...-after-airline-executive-s-nut-rage-1.2147860

    It's fascinating how people react in this case by buying up macadamia nuts. Hopefully not forgetting about this case in the meantime. :confused:
     
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    BBC was just reporting that because of this incident and/or the investigation Korean Air's shares dropped 6%.
     
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