Airline trains cabin crew in kung fu
April 19th, 2011 by elisa

Hong Kong Airlines has invited all staff to train in wing chun – a form of kung fu used in close-range combat. It will be compulsory for all cabin crew so they can use what they learn to deal with drunk and unruly passengers.

The airline has around three incidents a week involving disruptive passengers; two weeks ago a crew member had to put her martial arts training into practice on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong.

“Normally, a female cabin crew can’t handle a fat guy, especially if he’s drunk, but because of the training, she can handle it quite easily,” said Eva Chan, the carrier’s deputy general manager of corporate communication.

Wing chun instructor Katherine Cheung said the martial art was ideal for airline crews: “Wing chun can be used in small, confined spaces so it’s suited for an airplane. It’s easy to learn but difficult to master.”



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