Korean Air Lines has announced that it will stop serving peanuts as part of its inflight catering. The decision was made following a recent incident where two teenage siblings were unable to board a flight because of a peanut allergy.
According to local media reports, the two brothers were travelling from Atlanta to the Philippines but were pulled off a flight in Seoul, after Korean Air Lines were not able to cater to their request to not be served peanuts because one of the teenagers has a severe peanut allergy.
Following the incident, the carrier has decided to remove food that contains peanuts from in-flight meals.
“The decision to stop peanut products and peanut ingredients is the minimum safety measure for peanut-allergy passengers,” said an official statement from the airline.
Back in 2014, the airline was the centre focus of the infamous ‘nut rage’ scandal, in which chief executive Cho Yang-ho’s eldest daughter, Heather Cho, made headlines. During that incident, Cho lost her temper over the way she was served nuts in first class and ordered the flight to return back to the terminal.
Following public backlash, Korean Air Lines’ shareholders voted to remove chief executive Cho Yang-ho from the board. It was reported that Yang-ho was the first founding family member of any South Korean enterprise to be removed off a board.