Korean Air Lines exec resigns over nut dispute

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 8:08 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top executive of Korean Air Lines resigned Tuesday amid mounting public criticism that she delayed a plane over how she was served macadamia nuts.

Company officials said that Chairman Cho Yang-ho has accepted the resignation of Cho Hyun-ah, his eldest daughter, as executive vice president of cabin service. However she will retain other executive level roles at the airline and its affiliate businesses.

The junior Cho was under public fire following media revelations that a recent Korean Air Lines flight from New York to South Korea returned to the gate because she ordered a senior crew member off the plane. Cho was angered that she was served bagged macadamia nuts instead of nuts on a plate.

The airline had apologized for inconveniencing passengers. But it also said it was "natural" for Cho to fault crew's ignorance of procedures.