‘Nut Rage’ Airline Executive Cho Hyun-ah Arrested, Ministry Officials Punished for Attempted Cover-Up
South Korean prosecutors have officially arrested Cho Hyun-ah, the former vice president of Korean Air Lines Co. whose anger over a bag of macadamia nuts forced a South Korea-bound flight to return to JFK, endangering flight safety, reports The Associated Press.
In Korea, Cho has faced increasing scorn and public anger for the way she treated airline staff over what she considered an inappropriate way to serve macadamia nuts. Subsequently, macadamia nut sales in South Korea soared as people clamored to see what all the fuss was about.
Although Cho does not yet face criminal charges, authorities have up to six months to gather charges “over worries the person could flee or destroy evidence,” according to The Associated Press. “[The] Seoul Western District Court said such concerns were warranted.”
After an arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday evening, December 30, Cho was placed in a Seoul detention facility. She is expected to face several charges including inflight violence. An additional four officials from the transport ministry have also been punished for “misconduct during the investigation” that was meant to help conceal the incident.