The latest edition in the perils of drinking and flying series centers on a Hawaiian Airlines flight and one man who must be feeling pretty remorseful today.
Kyong Chol Kim not only downed a bottle of whiskey before his Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to Seoul. Nope, he also started harassing the child seat next to him (verbally, not physically).
A flight attendant confronted him on his poor behavior and Kim responded by lunging at the flight attendant. Other passengers onboard helped to restrain him and the flight returned to Honolulu. Law enforcement met the aircraft and Kim was promptly arrested.
Now, Kim has been sentenced to six months in jail (he likely won’t serve the full term) and ordered to compensate Hawaiian Airlines for the cost of the diversion. Factoring in fuel, crew time, and delay compensation to passengers, that figure totaled $172,000.
It’s simple: don’t drink too much when you fly. I write about these incidents as a reminder that while most of the time drunk passengers are merely cut off from more alcohol consumption, belligerent behavior can prove very costly.
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image: Hawaiian Airlines