Seo Jung-jin, chairman of Celltrion, a leading biotech company in Korea, is alleged to have overused his power against a flight crew. The JTBC reported on Nov. 20 that its team has obtained an internal report of the airline.
The crew stopped Chairman Seo from breaking the in-flight rule, but he even committed so-called reprisal act, which requested the crew to boil ramen several times. However, a Celltrion official said, "There was some kind of uncomfortable conversation, but he didn't make verbal abuse."
Chairman Suh boarded the first class flight of a Korean Air bound for Incheon from Los Angeles on Nov. 16. The problem was Suh's call to a bar in the first class his employees in economy class. The airliner's manager stopped economy class passengers from entering the bar exclusively for the first class according to regulations.
After the flight, the manager reported to Korean Air about Suh's activities. It says that after the Suh’s party was barred from entering the first class bar, Suh lashed out to the flight attendant.
The report also said that he made disparaging remarks about her appearance, saying, "I paid 15 million won for a round-trip ticket, but I didn't see a young and pretty flight attendant."
According to the report, Suh constantly used informal and coarse language against the crew and the complaint lasted 50 minutes.
The crew claimed that Suh ordered ramen and then deliberately requested her to re-boil it three times.
In response, the company said that Suh had a conversation with the manager about violations of regulations. Although there was some kind of uncomfortable conversation, but there was no verbal abuse or confession. Suh had never said any degrading remarks about the crew's appearance. It also said ramen was undercooked, so the crew had boiled it again and Suh didn't order it again.