April 25, 2011
Struth! Kung Fu Cabin Crew
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says you'll need to think twice in the future about behaving badly if you're flying with Hong Kong Airlines.
Because their entire cabin crew are being taught kung fu (or as say call it wing chun,) a la Bruce Lee.
The airline says cabin crew generally have to confront around three disruptive passengers a week, and in the first week of their kung fu training, crew on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong put their newly acquired skills to work on a large, drunken passenger.
"Normally a female cabin crew can't handle a fat guy, especially if he's drunk, but because of the training, a crew member in this case handled him quite easily," an airline spokesman said.
Hong Kong newspapers say the airline came up with the idea of training their crew in martial arts after members of management watched a demonstration by staff at a company function.
"Some of the actions such as blows thrown in quick succession, and known as 'chain punching,' bring quick results," the airline spokesman said.
"And some kicks that are traditionally kept below the waist can be, well, quite devastating."