SEOUL (AFP) – Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah was arrested Tuesday for delaying a flight with a tantrum over snacks in a “nut rage” incident that caused a national uproar, according to a media report.
Cho has been accused of forcing the chief purser off a December 5 New York-Seoul flight and of compelling the taxiing plane to return to the gate so he could disembark.
She had taken exception to being served macadamia nuts she had not asked for – and in a bag, not a bowl.
Cable news network YTN showed Cho as she was taken by prosecutors to prison late Tuesday – the 40-year-old kept her head low and said “I’m sorry” as she left the building, broadcast footage showed.
The prosecutors’ office had applied for an arrest warrant last week – this was finally granted by a court in Seoul late Tuesday, Yonhap news agency said.
Cho was charged with violation of the aviation safety law, coercion and interference in the execution of duty.
An unidentified KAL executive was also arrested Tuesday on charges of destroying evidence from the incident. Cho has publicly apologised and resigned from all her posts in the organisation.