Steward from ‘nut rage’ case gets industrial accident compensation

July 8, 2015


SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) — The senior cabin crew member with Korean Air Lines Co. involved in the “nut rage” case was recognized as an industrial accident victim on Tuesday.

The Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service ruled that Park Chang-jin is eligible for compensation for an industrial accident.

Park was forced off a Korean Air flight that was heading back to Seoul from New York on Dec. 5 last year at the order of Cho Hyun-ah, then vice president of the carrier and the eldest daughter of the company chairman Cho Yang-ho.

Cho Hyun-ah was angered as she was served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than on a plate.

Park went on leave right after the incident, citing severe mental distress.

In March, Park then brought the case to the service, a state agency that rules on industrial accident cases, claiming the incident was an industrial accident that caused him traumatic neurosis, adjustment disorder and insomnia.

The approval allows Park to be eligible for medical and unemployment benefits from the agency.