Arrest Warrant Issued for S. Korea 'Nut Rage' Exec

Cho Hyun-ah of Korean Air Lines faces charges after forcing delay of flight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2014 4:55 PM CST
Arrest Warrant Issued for S. Korea 'Nut Rage' Exec
Cho Hyun-ah, center, former vice president of Korean Air Lines, is escorted by court officials in Seoul on Dec. 30.   (Ahn Young-joon)

A South Korean court today approved the arrest of a former Korean Air Lines executive who famously delayed a flight over a bag of macadamia nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of the airline's chairman, has faced mounting public anger because she forced the flight to return to its gate in New York to remove a senior flight attendant. She was angry that the nuts were served in a bag, not on a plate, in an incident that has been dubbed "nut rage." Cho, 40, could face several charges, including inflight violence and changing a flight route, which is prohibited under aviation law.

A separate arrest warrant for a current Korean Air executive, whose surname is Yeo, was also granted. Yeo is suspected of pressuring Korean Air employees to conceal the incident. The court said there were "systematic attempts to cover up" Cho's actions "since the beginning of the incident." Cho's behavior touched a nerve with South Koreans who are frustrated with family members who control mighty business groups known as chaebol that dominate Asia's fourth-largest economy. (More Korean Air Lines stories.)

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