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Korean Air ‘Nut Rage’ Flight Attendant Awarded $18,000 Settlement

A Korean Air flight attendant who was abused by an airline executive when she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of a fancy porcelain bowl has been awarded an $18,000 settlement. The infamous “nut rage” incident took place in 2014 when Heather Cho, vice president of Korean Air at the time and daughter of the company's CEO, demanded Park Chang-jin apologize on his knees before he was ejected from the plane at JFK International Airport. Park was demoted over the incident, and sued Korean Air for “physical and psychological suffering.” Cho served five months of a one-year prison sentence after a South Korean court found her guilty of violating aviation law—she’s since been fired from Korean Air. The flight attendant asked for 400 million South Korean won ($354,000). Korean Air has been ordered to pay him 20 million won ($18,000) for attempting to coerce him to drop the case, and he’s entitled to additional 30 million won ($27,000) as compensation for Cho’s assaults and insults.