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December 28, 2014, 06:35:36 AM
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Re: Nut Gate/Nut Rage: Korean Air's Heather Cho & Her Nuts
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2014, 06:35:36 AM »
The saga continues:
Friday, Dec. 26:
Civic Group Asks Prosecution to Probe Free Upgrades by Korean Air (Yonhap News)
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A local civic group asked the prosecution Friday to look into suspicions that government officials got free upgrades from the country's top airline, Korean Air Lines Co., which is at the center of controversy over an air-rage incident. ...

The civic group's move came after allegations surfaced that several ranking transportation ministry officials were bumped up to business class regularly for free. "Such allegations could be interpreted as bribery," People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy said in a press release, adding that Korean Air executives suspected of giving such privileges to ministry officials could face breach of trust charges.

The ministry said it will launch an internal inspection into the mounting allegations and will take appropriate disciplinary measures against those who received free upgrades.

Korean Air Business Drops (The Chosun Ilbo)
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Korean Air saw its share of international passenger traffic fall to below 30 percent for the first time ever just as business is being damaged further by the "nut rage" incident that made headlines worldwide.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Korean Air's share of international passenger traffic fell from 35.6 percent in 2012 to 29.3 percent this year. The carrier's share is expected to fall even further if December's performance is included.

Sunday, Dec. 28: Ministry Under Fire for Flight Upgrades (The Korea Herald)
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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Friday that a handful of its officials had been provided seat upgrades from the nation’s top airlines, adding to the suspicion of collusion between aviation officials and Korean Air, which has come under scrutiny over the so-called “nut row.”

The ministry found that 35 aviation-related officials, including the affiliated Seoul Regional Aviation Administration, were found to have received seat upgrades from Korean Air and Asiana Airlines between 2011 and 2013.

The local civic group People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy has asked the prosecution to look into suspicions that the upgrades had been offered as favors. ...

December 31, 2014, 01:51:47 PM
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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2014, 01:51:47 PM »
Tuesday, Dec. 30: Korean Air Heiress Arrested (the Korea Herald)
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A Seoul court issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Korean Air Lines heiress Cho Hyun-ah, who delayed a flight with a tantrum over snacks in a "nut rage" incident that caused a national uproar. The eldest daughter of the top Korean airline's chairman Cho Yang-ho faces charges including violation of the aviation safety law, coercion and interference in the execution of duty. ...The court also issued an arrest warrant for a company executive on charges of ordering employees to delete an initial report of the incident.
Wednesday, Dec. 31: Korean Air Heiress Arrested (The Chosun Ilbo)
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Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, who exposed the carrier to global ridicule with her "nut rage" on board a flight from New York, will be greeting the New Year in jail. A Korean Air executive surnamed Yeo who is suspected of destroying evidence that could be potentially damaging to Cho, was arrested alongside Cho on Tuesday. ...

The Seoul District Court issued the arrest warrant for Cho considering attempts by Korean Air to conceal evidence and charges that the heiress obstructed flight operations and put the safety of passengers at risk. Cho and Yeo were then taken to a jail in southern Seoul.

Korean Air management were shocked by their arrests and issued no comment. Staff at the carrier apparently feel that it would not be appropriate to make any comments because Cho has resigned from all posts in the company.

Dec. 31: Korean Air Ex-VP's Sister Slammed For Vowing Revenge Over Nut Rage (Yonhap News)
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family member of the former Korean Air Lines Co. executive at the center of the "nut rage" scandal came under fire on Wednesday after prosecutors revealed a text message in which she promised to "take revenge" on behalf of her sister.

Cho Hyun-min promised her sister Hyun-ah she would "take revenge no matter what" via a text message on Dec. 17 in apparent outrage over the ongoing probe into a row involving nuts that delayed the departure of a flight.

The 31-year-old Cho, who currently holds an executive-level position at the family-run business and is the youngest daughter of chairman, apologized hours after the text message was reported on the local news.

"I am very sorry beyond words for the content of that text message, which was reported in the newspapers," Cho Hyun-min said through her Twitter account. "I'd rather not make any excuses. My immature behavior is to blame." ...

January 02, 2015, 01:50:57 AM
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2015, 01:50:57 AM »
2015
Jan. 1: Vengeful Text Message Casts Light on Younger Cho (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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The younger sister of Cho Hyun-ah, whose outburst on a Korean Air flight earned her a pre-trial arrest warrant late Tuesday night, faced public backlash once again on Wednesday when local media streamed reports that she promised her older sister in a recent text message that she would “take revenge no matter what.” It is unclear how Cho Hyun-min, 31, who goes by Emily, planned to seek vengeance, but the prosecution said the message had previously been uncovered during its investigation and was submitted to the court at the elder Cho’s arrest warrant hearing. ...

On her Twitter account on Wednesday, the younger Cho wrote, “I don’t want to make excuses because it’s all my fault. ... [I was being] immature.” In an earlier upload that was deleted soon after, she wrote that the text message was triggered by an urge for “instant retribution” after reading a malicious comment under an online news article about the incident involving her older sister. ...
]The younger sister of Cho Hyun-ah, whose outburst on a Korean Air flight earned her a pre-trial arrest warrant late Tuesday night, faced public backlash once again on Wednesday when local media streamed reports that she promised her older sister in a recent text message that she would “take revenge no matter what.” It is unclear how Cho Hyun-min, 31, who goes by Emily, planned to seek vengeance, but the prosecution said the message had previously been uncovered during its investigation and was submitted to the court at the elder Cho’s arrest warrant hearing. ...

On her Twitter account on Wednesday, the younger Cho wrote, “I don’t want to make excuses because it’s all my fault. ... [I was being] immature.” In an earlier upload that was deleted soon after, she wrote that the text message was triggered by an urge for “instant retribution” after reading a malicious comment under an online news article about the incident involving her older sister. ...

Friday, January 2: Korean Air Heiress Pleads Terminal Confusion (The Chosun Ilbo)
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Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, who exposed the carrier to global ridicule with her "nut rage" on board a flight from New York, has claimed she did not know the plane was heading toward the tarmac when she ordered the purser off the plane. The order forced the pilot to taxi back to the terminal and let the purser disembark after Cho threw a tantrum because she was served a bag of nuts incorrectly.

Cho's lawyer told a judge who was reviewing her arrest warrant on Tuesday, "The airplane slowly moved a distance of just 17 m over 23 seconds. Cho was in an excited state and may not have been aware of the fact that the plane had started to move."

The purser, Park Chang-jin, informed the pilot that he needed to turn the aircraft back to the boarding gate due to a "passenger problem." The pilot obliged without asking any questions.

At 12:55 a.m., the pilot apparently informed air traffic control at JFK International Airport that the plane had to return to the boarding gate due to a "situation in the passenger area," and returned to the gate at 1:10 a.m., according to a transcript of the communication. The pilot told prosecutors that he spoke only with Park and not with Cho. ...

January 07, 2015, 01:43:21 PM
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2015, 01:43:21 PM »
Jan. 6: Korean Air Chief Promises to Reform Business Culture (The Chosun Ilbo)

Former Korean Air VP to Be Indicted Over Nut Rage (Yonhap News)
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Prosecutors said Tuesday that they plan to indict a former vice president of South Korea's top airline, Korea Air Lines Co., later this week over a controversial air-rage incident. ...

The charges against Cho will include violations of aviation safety regulations -- changing flight plans and assault on a plane -- and coercion and interference in the execution of duty, according to the prosecutors.

Cho had already been detained since Dec. 30 after a local court issued a warrant, citing "the gravity of the issue as well as the organized efforts to cover up her involvement from the initial stage." The prosecution office said it also plans to indict a Korean Air executive, identified only by his surname Yeo, on charges of ordering employees to delete an initial report of the incident.

A transportation ministry official, surnamed Kim who leaked details of a government investigation into the case to Yeo, will also be indicted, they said. Prosecutors said they will also continue looking into suspicions that government officials got free upgrades from Korean Air.

Jan. 7: Ex-Korean Air VP to Stand Trial Over In-Flight Nut Row (The Korea Herald)

Jan. 21: Korean Air Heiress Denies Violating Aviation Rules (The Chosun Ilbo)

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Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah on Tuesday denied ordering a plane to change its flight path when she suffered a fit of "nut rage" at JFK International Airport in New York in December.

Her lawyers submitted in evidence 23 seconds of CCTV footage of the plane, which had begun taxiing down the runway, being towed back to the gate when she ordered the purser off the plane.

They argued that a plane on the runway cannot not be said to be in flight, and that the aircraft was being towed when the incident happened and its engines were not running. They added that the aircraft was towed back a mere 17 meters, still leaving some 3,400 meters of runway. But prosecutors said a plane is deemed to have entered its flight path as soon as it shuts its doors.

That is what the law says and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport believes. But Cho's lawyers claim prosecutors are stretching the law in their favor by charging her with the offense. If found guilty, Cho faces up to 10 years behind bars.

February 14, 2015, 11:53:59 AM
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Feb. 2: Cho Beat Crew, Korean Air chief Steward Tells Court (The Korea Herald)

Flight Attendant 'Pressured to Sanitize Nut Rage Account
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SK Prosecutors Seek three Years’ Prison for Nut Rage Woman (The Guardian)

Feb. 3: Purser Testifies in Nut Rage Trial (Chosun Ilbo)
Flight Attendant Job Loses Luster After Nut Rage (The Chosun Ilbo)

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The relatively high wages and lingering glamor of the flight attendants made it one of the more popular occupations among jobseekers, but since the so-called "nut rage" incident it has lost its luster.

"The job used to look appealing, but I no longer plan to apply for it," says one 24-year-old job seeker.

The incident, in which the daughter of the Korean Air owner forced a purser off a flight and verbally and physically abused a flight attendant for serving her nuts incorrectly, exposed the kind of daily indignity suffered by what are essentially waitresses in a confined airborne space.

Another 26-year-old jobseeker said, "I heard many stories about passengers treating flight attendants like servants, and now it seems those accounts really describe the reality of the job." ...

Feb. 4: Prosecutors Ask Court to Put Nut Rage Heiress in Jail for 3 Years (Korea JoongAng Daily)
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Prosecutors asked a court Monday to send former Korean Air Vice President Cho Hyun-ah to jail for three years for the “nut rage” incident that brought so much scorn on Korea last year.

The request came at the final hearing in a trial in which Park Chang-Jin, the purser ejected from the flight from New York’s JFK Airport to Seoul on Dec. 5, testified, confronting Cho for the first time since the incident. After being served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than on a plate in first class, Cho had an altercation with a flight attendant surnamed Kim. Park intervened and a furious Cho demanded the flight return to a gate to eject him.

Cho was accused of five charges, including violating aviation safety laws for changing the flight route, committing violence that impedes flight safety and obstruction of business.

“It is true that I ordered Park to get off the flight,” Cho testified Monday. “But I never ordered the flight returned to the gate. I didn’t know the flight was moving.” Cho’s legal team has claimed that Cho didn’t alter the flight route because that only refers to a plane’s route in the sky, not on the runway. Prosecutors say the flight route begins when the plane’s door is closed.

Park Chang-jin, who returned to work after 50 days on Sunday, stated that he felt a “violation of human rights” due to Cho’s physical and verbal abuse. ...

Feb. 4: Korean Air Heiress in Tearful Court Appearance (The Chosun Ilbo)
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Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, on trial for violating aviation safety in a fit of "nut rage" in December last year, pleaded for mercy in a court on Tuesday after prosecutors demanded a three-year jail sentence.

A teary-eyed Cho (41) expressed regret that her "childish mistake" and "failure to consider other people's feelings caused great damage." Cho kept her head bowed throughout her remarks, a position she has adopted throughout the trial that lasted over 10 hours.

Cho was arrested after she threw a tantrum at JFK International Airport in New York on Dec. 5 and kicked the purser off the plane, which forced the taxiing aircraft to return to the gate.

The court heard that Cho was verbally and physically abusive to cabin crew after she was served a bag of nuts incorrectly, and violated aviation safety regulations. She is also accused of using her authority to coerce cabin crew to give false testimony to investigators and obstructing the investigation. But despite her lachrymose performance, Cho denies most of those charges and claims it was only her "zeal for her job" -- she was a vice president nominally in charge of in-flight services -- that prevented her from being more considerate.

February 14, 2015, 12:14:12 PM
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Feb. 8: Cho Hyun-ah Involved in the Entire Investigation Process (The Kyunghyang Shinmun)
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Prosecutors confirmed that Cho Hyun-ah, 40, former vice president of Korean Air arrested for the "peanut U-turn" incident was involved in the entire process of the investigation conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Prosecutors' Office.

Criminal Department 5 of the Seoul Western District Prosecutors' Office (Chief Prosecutor Yi Geun-su) announced, "She took advantage of her personal position and threatened the safety of the aircraft and neutralized law and order," as they arrested and charged Cho on January 7....

Feb. 10: Nut Rage in SK Spotlights Culture of Punishing Long Hours (The Christian Science Monitor)
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South Korea’s “nut rage” scandal has unleashed long-simmering public resentment over the makeup of family-run conglomerates here.

Now the saga – where the daughter of Korean Air's chairman turned around a taxiing aircraft after being served bagged nuts in first class – is casting a light on the country’s relentless work culture. New revelations show the chief flight attendant who oversaw the nuts presentation was ordered to work shifts lasting up to 18 hours.

Testifying at the trial of the daughter, Cho Hyun-ah, who at the time was a Korean Air vice president, flight attendant Park Chang-jin said he was assigned a “work schedule from hell” after the incident that received international press attention. Ms. Cho potentially faces three years in prison if convicted of assault and aviation-safety related charges.  ...

February 14, 2015, 12:22:24 PM
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Feb. 12: Korean Air Heiress Gets 1 year in Jail (The Korea Herald)
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A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced Cho Hyun-ah, former vice president of Korean Air, to one year in prison for obstructing aviation safety by interfering with cabin crew members’ duties.

Cho, 40, caused a public uproar by forcing a cabin crew chief to disembark from a flight headed from New York to Seoul on Dec. 5 after he failed to follow the carrier’s protocol on serving macadamia nuts. The de facto heiress of the flag carrier was found to have ordered the taxiing plane to return to the gate.

The Seoul Seobu District Court acknowledged in its ruling the charges raised by the prosecution that Cho had violated a law banning passengers from pressuring crew members to deviate from the flight route. Its verdict clarified that Cho should be held accountable for obstructing aviation safety by abusing her authority. ...

Meanwhile, the court also handed down a jail term of eight months to a Korean Air executive director. In addition, a Transportation Ministry official was given a suspended prison term of six months with probation of one year.

The prosecution earlier indicted Korean Air executive director Yeo Woon-jin on charges of destroying evidence related to the case. The 57-year-old was also accused of pressuring the cabin crew chief to minimize the case’s impact.

A Transport Ministry official surnamed Kim was charged with leaking information about the ministry’s probe to the airline. Kim, 55, had reportedly phoned Yeo about 30 times and sent 10 text messages between Dec. 7 and the day before the ministry’s probe was launched, investigators said. The civil servant, a close confidant of Yeo, was later found to have worked at Korean Air for 15 years as a flight attendant and chief purser.

Heather Cho Still Has No Sense of Guilt (The Korea Times)
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Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho submitted letters of apology to a presiding judge for the "nut rage" scandal six times in the lead-up to Thursday's ruling in an apparent bid to beg for leniency.

Sentencing her to one year in prison, Seoul Western District Court Judge Oh Sung-woo said he did not recognize the "sincerity" of the letters, saying he doubted whether she has a sense of guilt about her behavior.

"I wonder whether she really thinks she was wrong," Oh said in the verdict. The one-year prison term was lighter than the prosecution's demand for three years. ...

February 14, 2015, 12:48:12 PM
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Feb. 13: Korean Air Heiress Appeals Nut Rage Conviction (Yonhap News)
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The eldest daughter of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chairman on Friday appealed a court decision that found her guilty of violating air safety and other laws, court officials said.

Cho Hyun-ah, former vice president of the nation's top carrier, was convicted a day earlier of changing the planned route of a flight, intimidating and assaulting a flight attendant, and obstructing the business of the airline. She was sentenced to one year in jail despite her repeated apologies to the judges, which she hoped would earn her a suspended jail term. ...

The Seoul Western District Court in charge of the case said Cho's attorney submitted an appeal Friday afternoon. "The decision misconstrued facts and the principle of aviation law," attorney Seo Chang-hui said. "We also believe the sentence is unjustified."

Feb. 13: Editorial: Lessons From Nut Rage (The Korea Herald)
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A Seoul court sentenced Cho Hyun-ah, a former Korean Air vice president and the eldest daughter of the company chairman, to one year in prison for endangering aviation safety by ordering a taxiing plane to return to the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport in December.

In a case that came to be known as the “nut rage” and gained worldwide notoriety, Cho, who was vice president in charge of cabin service, verbally and physically abused flight attendants over the serving of macadamia nuts. She also ordered the senior cabin crew to disembark, causing the plane to return to the gate.

Cho apologized after the incident became public, as did father Cho Yang-ho, who took responsibility for not raising his daughter right. Yet, the people who saw Cho on television apologizing, head hanging low and tearful, were still not convinced that she felt remorse for her act. In fact, the flight attendant who had been ordered to deplane said that he never received a sincere apology from her.

What riled the public was that this was not the first time that a chaebol scion was accused of such despicable behavior. There was the infamous case of a Hanwha chairman beating a man in a barroom brawl with a metal pipe for messing with his son. There was also the case of an SK offspring beating a man with a baseball bat and then throwing cash at him as “payment for getting beaten up.”

The first-generation chaebol were mostly pioneers in their fields who worked hard to achieve success. By contrast, the second- and third-generation chaebol offspring have mostly led a cocooned life, enjoying the fruits of the success of their progenitors. They assume top positions at the company after quickly scaling the corporate ladder. They are surrounded by employees who are loathe to be naysayers to the young rulers who wield virtually uncontested power.  ...

Korean Air Heiress Guilty in Nut Rage Trial (The Chosun Ilbo)

April 02, 2015, 09:14:28 PM
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« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2018, 11:03:25 AM »
2017
Dec. 21: Top Court Acquits Korean Air Heiress in Nut Rage Case (The Korea Times)

2018
March 27: Nut Rage Cho Set to Make Comeback (The Korea Times)

April 13: Police Looking into Water Rage Incident (The Korea Times)

April 14: Police Take Up Bottle Rage Incident (Korea JoongAng Daily)

April 15: Korean Air heiress Returns Home to Barrage of Criticisms & Probe for Violence (The Korea Herald)
With Nut Rage Sisters, Korean Air is Nowhere to be Seen (The Korea Times)
Recording Reveals Korean Air Water Rage Heiress in New Angry Outburst (The Korea Times)

April 16: Korean Air Heiress Lawyers Up (The Korea Herald)
Nut Rage Sisters Feared to Fan Anti-Biz Sentiment (The Korea Times)

April 17: Police Seek Travel Ban for Korean Air Heiress (The Korea Times)

April 18: Korean Air Faces Complaints Over Its Corporate Title & Identity (The Korea Herald)

April 19: Rage Probe: Police Search Korean Air Headquarters (The Korea Times)

April 20: Water Rage’ Scandal Escalates into Customs Probe (The Korea Herald)
How Korean Air's Cho Family Smuggled Their Stuff (The Korea Herald)
KAL Owners Used Planes to Smuggle Private Goods (The Korea Times)

April 22: Korean Air Rage Sisters Removed From Management (The Korea Times)

April 23: Korean Air Ousts Nut Rage Heiress & Her Sister (CNN)
Korean Air Chief's Wife Under Probe Over Assaults (The Korea Times)
Korean Air Family Under Siege Despite Father’s Apology (The Korea Herald)

April 25: Officials Seek Evidence of Alleged Tax Evasion by Korean Air Owning Family (The Korea Herald)
Mother’s Violent Outburst Raises Pressure on Chos (Korea JoongAng Daily)
Korean Air Chairman Accused of Excessive Disciplinary Action (The Korea Herald)

April 28: Korean Air Heiress to be Questioned Tuesday (The Korea Times)

April 30: Ex-Korean Air Heiress in Infamous Nut Rage Case Faces Divorce Battle (The Korea Herald)
Korean Air Workers to Rise Up in Arms Against Abusive Chairman Family (The Korea Times)

May 2: Korean Air Heiress Denies Assault Allegations (The Korea Times)

May 4: Ediya Coffee Terminates Contract With Korean Air Heiresses (The Korea Herald)

May 14: Korean Air Purser Booked for Slapping Security Guard Out of Irritation (The Korea Herald)