|Miss Heather Cho, who until the incident had been chief of in-flight service for Korean Air, caused flight KE086 to be delayed after she flew into a rage when she was served macadamia nuts in a bag.|
Korean Air protocol is for the nuts to be served on a small dish. Head steward Park Chang-jin claims Miss Cho insulted him and forced him to kneel in apology.
|The pilot brought the plane back to its gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport for the chief steward to be expelled. The flight's arrival at Incheon Airport, near Seoul, was delayed by 11 minutes as a result.|
Miss Cho is the eldest daughter of the company chairman Cho Yang-ho. Two siblings are also executives at the airline. Mr Park claims she swore at him, jabbed him with a file case and pointed her finger at him as he kneeled.
|The incident - first reported on Monday - has stoked both mirth and anger in South Korea, whose economy is dominated by powerful family-run conglomerates known as chaebol. Miss Cho has been stripped of all titles at the airline and its affiliates, and faces investigation by the government and prosecutors to determine whether she breached aviation laws.|
|Macadamias are now a household name in South Korea, and with curiosity about their taste piqued, sales are booming.|
South Korea's largest online shopping retailer, Gmarket, owned by eBay, said macadamia nut sales jumped 20 times from one week to the next earlier this month.