A KOREAN Air flight attendant has described being insulted and shamed by an airline executive who ordered him removed and the plane returned over macadamia nuts. He also claims he was then asked to lie about the incident to investigators.
The “nut rage” drama has captivated South Korea with tales of outrageous behaviour followed by public apologies from the executive and her father, the airline’s chairman. Cho Hyun-ah, who has since resigned as head of cabin service at Korean Air, was angered when a flight attendant in first class offered her macadamia nuts in a bag, not on a plate. She ordered him off the plane and forced the flight to return to the gate at John F Kennedy airport in New York City.
After being confronted about the nuts, senior flight attendant Park Chang-jin told South Korea’s KBS television network he and his colleague knelt down before Cho.
According to Park, Cho yelled at the crew to “call right now and stop the plane. I will stop this plane from leaving.” Park said when he returned to South Korea on a separate flight, five to six officials from Korean Air came to visit his home every day and asked him to tell investigators that Cho did not use abusive language and that he voluntarily got off the plane.
On Friday, in her first public appearance since the incident, a gloomy-faced Cho bowed and said “I sincerely apologise. I’m sorry,” before droves of journalists in an almost inaudible, trembling voice… see more