This action was decided following reports that the airline had to deal with an average of three cases a week involving disruptive passengers, according to Eva Chan, the carrier’s deputy general manager of corporate communication.
To make staff feel more able to cope with difficult situations, they are being taught ‘wing chun’, a type of kung fu to be used in close-range combat.
New Hong Kong Airlines cabin crew member, Lumpy Tang told the Sunday Morning Post:
“We were surprised in the beginning, but after a few lessons we really liked wing chun. You cannot predict what will happen on the plane, so wing chun is good because it’s so fast,” she said. “I feel safer because I can defend myself.”
While open to all staff, the training has been made compulsory to cabin crew members.
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