Korean Air is once again in the firing line, and the fallout this time,… is growing by the day.
Just last week, another heiress of the major Korean airline, Cho Hyun-min hit the headlines over claims that she threw a water bottle at an out-of-favor advertising firm manager last month. Cho denies the claims, but admits that she did push the manager.
And newly released audio recordings by local internet news media, reveal Cho, a senior vice president at the airline, yelling at another person, presumed to be one of her subordinates.
Although she has apologized for her "foolish behavior," local police have launched a preliminary inquiry into the Korean Air executive,… following reports of the incident during a business meeting mid last month.
The police will reportedly look into whether the heiress abused her power or broke any laws during that incident.
Adding to the scandal-- is her family background.
Cho Hyun-min is the younger sister of the infamous Cho Hyun-ah, who made the headlines four years ago with the so-called "nut rage" incident.
That's when she ordered a taxiing aircraft *back to the gate in New York, because she was unhappy with the way a flight attendant had served her macadamia nuts.
Cho Hyun-ah was found guilty of breaking aviation law and sentenced to a year in jail but she was released after an appeal.
Following the latest incident, 40-thousand Koreans have signed a petition on the presidential office website, demanding that the scandal-ridden airline *remove the word "Korean" from its name and stop using the symbol on the Korean flag as its logo,.. saying the owning family's behavior "degrades" the country and the company.
Foreign news outlets have reported the incident by explaining the concept of "gapjil", the abuse of subordinates and subcontractors by executives who behave like feudal lords.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News
This just coming in.
We're learning that Cho Hyun-min is suspended from Korean Air related activities for now, while the company mulls stationing her to a different post, possibly signs of harsher punishments to come.