A few years ago, in 2014 to be precise, the daughter of the CEO of Korean Air got into the worldwide crosshairs for ordering a jet to turn around on the tarmac at JFK airport after she was not served her nuts at the appropriate temperature or in the correct manner, no one really knows.
The official explanation from Korean Air afterwards was that the macadamia nuts were supposed to be served in a plate and not in a bag.
The woman screamed and hissed at the cabin personnel, threatening they would all be fired. The event became known as the ‘nut-rage incident’, the woman was Ms Heather Cho and she later apologized on behalf of all South Koreans.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">✔ 'NUT RAGE' SISTER THROWS FIT<br> <br>Korean Air CEO's daughter apologizes for tantrum in meeting <a href="https://t.co/8FFMz59fMr">pic.twitter.com/8FFMz59fMr</a></p>— Arirang News (@arirangtvnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/arirangtvnews/status/984595411917684736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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For several weeks the press in South Korea reopened a national debate about the Korean business system, where ‘Chaebols’, or family run firms, dominate the landscape and people of those families often put themselves about the law.
That was 2014 and after a few weeks attention drifted to something else. Case closed you would think.
However, if would appear that Heather Cho has a younger sister named Emily, also a VP at Korean Air apparently, and also with a temper.
Ms Emily Cho, or otherwise known under her Korean name Cho Hyun-min, according to the police investigation, was shoving and hitting someone during a company meeting and then threw water at an advertising executive. She was thus, just like her sister before her, suspended by the company.
The 36-year-old senior vice-president at the company has now, also just like her sister, apologized and called her own behavior "foolish and reckless".
A petition was launched in South Korea following the latest family-scandal, and 50,000 people are now calling for the name ‘Korean’ to be dropped from ‘Korean Air’.