Spilt soup: Burnt Asiana passenger awarded $135,000

SEOUL • South Korea's Asiana Airlines and one of its flight attendants have been ordered by the court to jointly pay a passenger 109.6 million won (S$135,000) for burns from instant noodle soup.

The flight attendant had accidentally spilled the soup onto the female passenger, and as a result, she suffered second-and third-degree burns from her lower abdomen to her thigh and private parts, Yonhap news agency reported yesterday.

The court heard that the passenger, who is surnamed Chang, was travelling from Incheon to Paris in business class on March 17, 2014.

Ms Chang filed the suit the following year, said Yonhap. In her lawsuit, Ms Chang said the plane did not have emergency supplies to handle burns. She had to rely on ointment, a bag of ice and a few pain relief tablets until Paris.

Ms Chang, who worked as a fashion model before the incident, also argued that it would be difficult for her to recover fully even if she underwent skin grafts for the next 10 years, according to Yonhap.

In its argument, Asiana said the incident happened because Ms Chang had knocked the tray carrying the instant noodle. The carrier also said it had provided her with emergency medical help following instructions from a doctor on the flight, Yonhap reported.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2018, with the headline 'Spilt soup: Burnt Asiana passenger awarded $135,000'. Print Edition | Subscribe