5 JANUARY 2015
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A South Korean court has ordered former Korean Air executive Heather Cho to be detained for delaying a flight following an outburst over the way she was served nuts, in a case that prompted both outrage and ridicule.
Heather Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's Chairman, and said to be head of in-flight service before she resigned after the incident, had demanded the chief steward be removed from the flight at John F. Kennedy airport in New York on 5 December for serving nuts in a bag, not a dish.
The court's decision comes after local prosecutors sought a detention warrant for Cho, 40, who faces charges of violating aviation safety law. It is presumed that the Airbus A380 flew with one senior cabin crew member less.
"The necessity for detention is recognised as the case is grave and there has been an attempt to systematically cover up charges from the beginning," Lee Kwang-woo, a judge at the Seoul Western District Court who handles media affairs, said in a text message. The flight arrived at Seoul 11 minutes late.
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