Sister of 'Nut Rage' Exec Has 'Water Rage' Incident

Emily Cho of Korean Air apologizes after outburst at meeting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2018 10:49 AM CDT
Sister of 'Nut Rage' Airline Exec Has Tantrum of Her Own
Korean Air senior Vice President Cho Hyun-min, also known as Emily Cho, in a 2014 photo.   (Kang Jin-hyung/Newsis via AP)

Another daughter of a South Korean airline exec is in trouble after a public tantrum. Emily Cho, a senior VP of Korean Air, has apologized after an outburst during a meeting in which she threw water, or perhaps a water bottle, at or near a subordinate in a fit of anger, reports Reuters. Cho, also known as Cho Hyun-min, is the daughter of airline chairman Cho Yang-ho. But the reason the incident is generating so many headlines is because Cho also is the sister of Heather Cho, she of the infamous "nut rage" incident of 2014. In that one, Heather Cho forced a taxiing Korean Air jet to return to the gate because she had been served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl, and she wanted the chief flight attendant kicked off. Heather Cho not only lost her executive post at the airline, she was sentenced to a year in jail for endangering aviation safety.

The details of Emily Cho's outburst are less clear, but the Chosunilbo reports that she threw a water bottle in the face of an employee of an ad firm that was doing work for the airline. The AP reports that she threw a cup of water, and the airline maintains that Cho pushed it on the floor, not toward the staffer's face. “As I was focusing on my passion for the work, I was unable to control my thoughtless words and deeds, through which I caused injury and disappointment for a lot of people,” said Cho, who has been suspended from her airline post overseeing ads and marketing. Police are investigating the incident. Cho could face assault charges if investigators conclude she did indeed throw something at the subordinate's face. (More South Korea stories.)

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