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Court Releases Former Korean Air VP Sentenced in 'Nut Rage' Incident

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 22, 2015

Court Releases Former Korean Air VP Sentenced in 'Nut Rage' Incident

Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho, infamous for her role in last year's "nut rage" incident, was released from jail on Friday after an appeals court suspended her sentence.

According to CNN, Seoul's High Court shortened her sentence to 10 months and released her on two years' probation.

Prosecutors can still appeal the verdict, but they'll have only a week to decide whether to move forward. 

Cho, the daughter of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, was behind bars following an incident that occurred last December aboard an international flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Cho, who was working for the airline at the time, demanded the Korean Air flight return to the gate after a flight attendant served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate. 

Cho became outraged and attempted to use her status with company to have the crew member removed from the flight. 

Both Cho and her father issued public apologies for the tantrum and the former resigned from her vice president position just days after.

She was sentenced back in February after a judge ruled that her actions "threatened the development of the aviation industry and inconvenienced passengers" and thus violated aviation law.

The two years' probation means that Cho could be sent back to jail for another offense.

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