A South Korean court has found a former Korean Air executive guilty of violating aviation safety law and jailed her for one year.
The court in Seoul ruled on Thursday that Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of the airline’s chairman, was guilty of breaking the aviation law by forcing a flight to change its route.
Cho achieved worldwide notoriety after an inflight tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts.
She ordered the plane back to the departure gate to remove a crew member after the nuts were served in a bag instead of a bowl.
Justice Oh Sung-Woo said Cho had treated the flight “as if it was her own private plane”.
“It is doubtful that the way the nuts were served was so wrong,” Oh added.
In passing sentence, the judge indicated that Cho had failed to show enough remorse for her actions, even though she had submitted some letters to the court expressing repentance for her behaviour.
Cho, who has been in custody since her arrest on December 30 and attended the court in a green prison outfit, stood silently throughout the ruling, her head bowed.