December 19, 2018 11:56
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will fine K-pop fans for canceling airplane tickets at the last minute if they have bought them only to follow their idols into the departures area.
The two flag carriers said they will charge an extra W200,000 for last-minute cancellations of tickets bought for a purpose other than flying (US$1=W1,130).
At present passengers canceling tickets at the last minute pay a fine of W50,000 to W120,000 only after passing through the boarding gate.
The latest decision was prompted by three obsessive K-pop fans who left a Korean Air flight in Hong Kong at the last minute last Saturday, forcing all 360 passengers to disembark and go through another security check and delaying the plane by an hour. It later turned out that they had bought their first-class, business-class and economy-class tickets to get close to Korean boy band Wanna One, who were on the plane.
Under aviation rules, all passengers of a flight must undergo another safety check if even one passenger gets off to prevent the disembarking passenger planting a bomb on board. But the three paid a penalty of less than W100,000.
Korean Air said such last-minute cancellations have caused 35 flight delays from Incheon International Airport this year, rising to the hundreds when other carriers are included.
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