Heather Cho may have violated aviation safety law when she berated cabin crew and forced the delay of her flight
South Korea’s transport ministry will report to prosecutors the former Korean Air Lines executive who was so outraged by the way she was served nuts on a plane that she caused the flight to be delayed.
“As it has been confirmed that [Heather] Cho raised her voice and used abusive language as testified by some flight crew members and passengers, we will report her to the prosecution for potential violation of aviation safety law,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday, Reuters reports.
The incident took place on Dec. 5 when Cho, the daughter of the airline’s chairman and previously head of its in-flight services, complained about being served macadamia nuts in a bag and not on a dish as the Korean Air plane was taxing away from the gate at John F. Kennedy airport in New York.
The jet was brought back to the gate to expel the cabin crew chief. He later said that Cho had jabbed his hand with a document folder, swore and pointed her finger at him while he kneeled to apologize.
Koreans have been angered after the airline issued an apology seemingly rationalizing Cho’s conduct by terming the cabin crew chief’s performance inadequate.