A CABIN crew working for Korean Air was demoted from his position after he stopped a pilot from drinking during a flight and reported him.
In a bizarre twist, the airline is said to have only given the pilot a warning over the incident.
According to the Korean Times, the incident took place on December 30 last year on a flight from Incheon in South Korea to Amsterdam.
The pilot – the captain of the flight who has not been identified – reportedly tried to take a glass of champagne from the welcome tray before the flight but was stopped by a cabin crew member.
And later, during the flight, the captain is said to have asked cabin crew for some wine, which was again refused.
This time, the cabin crew informed the crew chief on the flight, who briefed the other members of the crew as well as the co-pilot.
According to the report, the crew chief decided that they should not mention the incident to the captain as it “might destabilize his mental state”.
However, the co-pilot did inform the captain, which led to an altercation between the co-pilot and the crew chief.
Following the incident, the crew chief was demoted because he insulted the co-pilot during the in-flight altercation and the details of the incident was leaked according to Korean broadcaster MBC News.
In a statement issued to MBC, the airline said: “We can not confirm that Mr. [captain] did not drink any alcohol and requested alcohol.
“In the process of dealing with the incident, the [crew chief] voiced his insult to the vice-chairman, and the related internal documents were leaked to the outside, and it was determined that there was a problem with his qualities as a team leader, and discipline was inevitable.”
A spokesperson for the airline told Sun Online Travel: “Regarding the case, we have found out that there was a miscommunication between the captain and the cabin crew.
“The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea is currently investigating this, and we are fully cooperating with them.”
This is not the first time that pilots have tried to drink and fly.
Last year, a BA pilot tried to fly 300 passengers while four times over the limit.
And a Japanese pilot was arrested at London Heathrow just minutes before take off as he was almost ten times over the limit.