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Prosecutors Seeks 3-Year Prison Term for Nut Rage Exec

South Korean prosecutors are seeking a 3-year prison term for the former Korean Air executive infamous for an inflight outburst over how she was served macadamia nuts.
South Korean prosecutors are seeking a 3-year prison term for the former Korean Air executive infamous for an inflight outburst over how she was served macadamia nuts.Ahn Young-joon / AP

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That could be one very costly tantrum. South Korean prosecutors are seeking a 3-year prison term for the former Korean Air executive infamous for an inflight outburst over how she was served macadamia nuts.

Cho, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, has pleaded not guilty to charges of violating aviation safety law.

Cho ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight after a confrontation with cabin crew, forcing the plane to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Her behavior, dubbed nut rage, caused an uproar in South Korea. The incident touched a nerve in a country where the economy is dominated by family-run conglomerates known as chaebol that often act above the law.

Prosecutors are seeking a 2 year prison sentence for Yeo Woon-jin, the Korean Air executive accused of pressuring cabin crew to cover up the incident and to lie to investigators from South Korea's transport ministry. They also called for 2 years prison for Kim Woon-sub, a transport ministry official and former Korean Air executive accused of leaking secrets about the ministry's investigation.

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