Someone once told me that while backstage at a talk show, Mimi allegedly called an assistant over and made the assistant open up their hand so she could spit her chewed gum into their palm. The someone said that there was a trash can right next to Mimi. Because of moves like that, Mimi probably thinks she owns the diva game. Mimi needs to think again, because Korean Air exec Heather Cho runs the game. I’m guessing that Heather Cho doesn’t chew gum, because she needs to keep her jaw strong for bitching out Korean Air employees. But if she did chew gum, she’d make an assistant pull it out of her mouth while wearing a brand new silk white glove and afterward she’d fire them for being too slow.
Reuters says that Heather Cho, VP of Korean Air and daughter of the airline’s chairman, was forced to resign as head of in-flight service when a flight was held up because of her arrogant executive antics. Before a Korean Air flight from JFK to the Korean city of Incheon took off on Friday, Heather Cho was sitting in the first class section when a flight attendant served her macadamia nuts (wait for it, wait for it) in a bag. IN. A. BAG. The flight attendant might as well have served her shit on a Nickelback CD. That’s how offensive macadamia nuts in a bag are. Does Ms. Cho look like she’s sitting in the cargo area with a bunch of dogs? I mean, macadamia nuts in a bag. Unacceptable!
An industry official tells Reuters that Heather Cho dismissed the flight attendant and summoned the cabin crew chief to her seat. She asked the cabin crew chief if the flight attendant read the in-flight service manual, because if they did they would know that macadamia nuts should be served in a dish, not in a bag. Ms. Cho told the cabin crew chief to grab the manual and read the nut-handling guidelines to her (I’d like to read the nut-handling guidelines too for future reference). When the cabin crew chief couldn’t find the in-flight service manual, Ms. Cho “took issue with the cabin crew chief’s qualifications” and she kicked him off of the flight. The plane went back to the gate where the cabin crew chief got off.
The flight arrived in Incheon 11 minutes late.
Apparently, this tale of power-gone-wrong caused public outrage in South Korea when it broke on Monday. Korean Air answered to the outrage by announcing that Heather Cho is no longer in charge of in-flight service. She’s still VP of the company because her dad is the boss, duh. Ms. Cho released this statement about the “going nuts over nuts” drama.
“I am sorry to our customers and the Korean people that I unintentionally caused social uproar and I ask forgiveness from anyone who has been hurt by me. I take responsibility for the incident.”
The airline issued their own statement saying that it was “excessive” for her to order the flight back to the gate so she could kick an employee off.
Excessive?! How is that excessive? As the head of in-flight service, it was Heather Cho’s job to make sure that all of the services onboard were up to par. If you look at the top of the list of “Things That Are Not Up To Par,” you’d see that “macadamia nuts in a bag” is number one. So yeah, Heather Cho held up a flight and wasted the time of hundreds of passengers who are paying her salary, but I’m sure they all understood when they found out it was over macadamia nuts in a bag. Nuts are serious business! (“I co-sign that” said John Travolta while getting tea bagged)
The Daily Mail says that South Korea’s Transport Ministry has launched an investigation into whether or not Heather Cho violated the Aviation Safety Law which states that passengers should not cause disturbances of any kind. If they discover that she did violate the Aviation Safety Law (which they won’t since she’s rich), she could face up to 10 years in prison.
I bet Heather Cho isn’t afraid to go to prison, because even in prison they serve macadamia nuts in a dish to their VIP prisoners. They have VIP in prison, right? If they really want to punish Heather Cho they should sentence her to do community service in a macadamia-nuts-in-a-bag factory.
Pic: Korean Air/Moodie Report