Korean Air faces a fine for giving a passenger the wrong ticket for travel Seoul and San Francisco. The mix up was caused by two passengers with a similar name. Their last names were both ‘Kim’.
The passenger who triggered the Transport Ministry investigation is a singer who purchased a business class ticket named Bobby Kim (we don’t know the first name of the other passenger). He was so distraught over being given someone else’s economy ticket that he had six glasses of wine during the coach flight.
High jinks ensued:
The popular R&B singer, who is a citizen of the U.S., was probed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation when he arrived at San Francisco International Airport for allegedly sexually harassing a female flight attendant while intoxicated on the U.S.-bound flight.
According to the airline and witnesses at the scene, Kim inappropriately touched the female crewmember and hurled sexual insults after having six glasses of wine.
A spokesperson of Oscar Entertainment, the singer’s agency, said Kim started drinking heavily because flight attendants refused to change his seat to business class despite his persistent complaints about the airline’s mistake.
Apparently giving a passenger the wrong boarding pass is a violation of South Korea’s aviation security law.
Under the country’s aviation law, an air carrier that doesn’t fulfill its security program ― by ensuring correct ticketing procedures critical for flight safety ― is subject to a fine of up to 10 million won ($9,240).
Imagine how distraught the passenger would have been if he’d missed out on Korean’s new business class seat!