We support any law that punishes passengers from being obnoxious.
South Korea toughened its aviation security law in the aftermath of the notorious nut rage incident involving a top airline executive.
The transport ministry said the revised law went into effect Tuesday, more than a year after a Korean Airlines vice president’s tantrum over macadamia nuts delayed a flight.
The executive and Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah left the airline after a public uproar.
Under the revised law, disturbing the captain or crew can be punished by up to five years in prison or up to 50 million won ($41,461) in fine. Previously, such acts faced a fine of 5 million won and no prison term.
Being a nuisance to other passengers faces a 10 million won fine, doubled from the past.
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Photo credit: Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, speaks to the media upon her arrival for questioning at the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board office of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Seoul, South Korea. Lee Jin-man / Associated Press