Thursday, 20 December 2018

Korean Air steward awarded £14,000 over 'nut rage incident'

The airline at the centre of the 'nut rage incident' Korean Air has now been ordered to pay around $18,000  that is about  £14,000 to the cabin crew member who served the nuts to the airline's bosses daughter in a bag rather than a bowl.

According to details revealed, flight attendant Park Chang-jin was forced to apologise on his knees after he served the bagged nuts to the daughter of the airline's chairman.  She then also made the flight return to the departure gate where Park Chang-jin was thrown off the aircraft.

The airline also demoted Mr Park, which also caused a drop in his earnings. He claimed that his demotion to an ordinary member cabin crew was an unfair punishment given to him when he spoke out in the media about the incident. 

He had sued the airline principle for the "physical and psychological suffering" that had been caused to him. On Wednesday, December 19th a court agreed with him and warded him the damages, which were significantly lower than he had requested.

However, the court didn't agree on the demotion, saying the airline was within its rights to reassign him to a lower position.

Cho Hyun-ah, the eldest daughter of the airline's chairman Cho Yang-ho, had been on a flight that was leaving New York for Seoul when she was served macadamia nuts in a packet and not in a little bowl as is usually the case. She flew into a rage that made headlines around the world and bought much attention to the airline and the behaviour of the family running the company.

The 'nut rage incident' in 2015 lead to Cho Hyun-ah, also known by the first name of Heather was charged and convicted of violating aviation safety, coercion and abuse of power.  She served five months in prison sentence over the incident.