Korean Air Lines executive resigns amid public criticism over nut incident

SEOUL, South Korea – 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 and an executive vice-president.

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.