Korean Air suspends 'nut rage' sister from work over tantrum


Korean Air Lines said Monday it has suspended one of its chairman's daughters from her marketing work after she threw a tantrum at a business meeting, triggering public outrage and a police investigation.

The daughter, Cho Hyun-min, also known as Emily Cho, is the younger sister of another Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" outburst delayed a flight in 2014.

The flag carrier said Cho, a senior vice president, was suspended from work starting Monday. It said it will take further action following the police investigation.

Cho allegedly hurled a cup of water at an ad agency official during a meeting last month. She later apologized on Facebook, saying the outburst was sparked by her passion for commercials. Cho oversaw the company's marketing and commercials.

"I apologize for my foolish behavior," she said on Facebook. "It is my big fault that I could not control my emotions."

Cho's sister, Hyun-ah, achieved worldwide notoriety after delaying a flight at John F. Kennedy Airport over the way nuts were served.

The police investigation will determine whether Cho threw the water on the floor, as Korean Air maintains, or toward the ad agency official's face, as some media report, which could constitute physical assault.

The case is seen as the latest abuse of power by elite business families which exercise outsized influence over publicly listed companies in South Korea, even though the families are not majority shareholders. Members of the founding families of giant business groups called chaebol, often including the second or third generations, are treated as "emperors." Although Korean Air Lines is a listed company, Cho's older sister's anger over macadamia nuts being served in a bag, not on a plate, was powerful enough to force the taxiing flight to return to the gate.

More than 56,000 South Koreans have signed a petition submitted to the presidential office asking the government to stop Korean Air from using the word "Korea" in its name and stop using a logo resembling the national flag.

"There is a huge chance that foreigners who read the news about the founding family's abuse of power would assume that it is part of South Korea's national image," the petition read.

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Rage running in the family, it's in their DNA.

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"It is my big fault that I could not control my emotions."

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So what we have learnt about this family is that they are very 'passionate' about nuts and commercials.

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Just a cup of water, luckily they don’t have cruise missiles.

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Let her apologise all she wants, just take her power away completely, first.

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Spare the rod, spoil the child. Daddy didn't discipline his children at all and he's raised self entitled arrogant monsters that are of no functional enhancement of Korean society.

This is what happens when you give your children everything they want without having standards they have to meet to get a reward if they do good, and punishment if they do bad.

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Another spoiled brat?

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These girls need to work the sewage unloading truck for a few years at the airline.

I worked as a dishwasher in high school. Character building exercise, trust me. EVERYONE should have to perform a job like that for at least a year, so they understand what it is like for people who do the jobs nobody else wants.

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This is what happens when people receive important status and positions based on birth, not merit.

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