Singer Bobby Kim Questioned Over Drunken Disorder on Plane

      January 12, 2015 10:57

      Bobby Kim

      The FBI has questioned singer Bobby Kim for causing a disturbance while intoxicated aboard a Korean Air flight from Incheon to San Francisco last Wednesday.

      According to his agency Oscar Entertainment, Kim became drunk and disorderly after the plane had been airborne for about five hours.

      A Korean Air spokesman said, "We believe Bobby Kim had consumed around five to six glasses of wine." Kim apparently sexually harassed a flight attendant and then fell asleep.

      Kim was escorted off the plane in San Francisco, where was questioned by the FBI and airport security. A U.S. citizen, Kim was on vacation and on his way to meet his sister.

      Kim's agency said the singer "had reserved a business class seat using his airline mileage, but was mistakenly given an economy class seat. He was upset and drank some wine and says he doesn't remember what he did."

      "We are sorry about the incident. We will cooperate with the investigation as much as we can," it added.

      The incident also means more embarrassment for Korean Air, which is already in deep water over the "nut rage" incident that has landed the airline heiress in jail.

      According to the carrier, Kim discovered he had been given an economy seat after he had boarded the plane and got off to return to the ticketing counter to demand an upgrade. But ground staff refused claiming he did not have enough air miles.

      As a result, the plane took off around 29 minutes late.

      According to the Justice Ministry, he was given a seat assigned to another passenger named Robert Kim, but the singer's name in his passport is Robert Do Kyun Kim.

      Kim passed through several checkpoints at the airport though he was carrying a boarding ticket with a name that did not completely match the one on his passport. One airport official said, "This demonstrates that a person could pass through airport checkpoints carrying another person's boarding pass if a carrier makes a mistake. It appears that nobody bothered to check."

      Korean Air belatedly discovered the mistake after the right Robert Kim came to the ticketing counter but failed to follow up on the matter.

      Instead, it upgraded another passenger to business class in order to free a seat in economy.

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