Bad behaviour gets the chop: Hong Kong airlines Wing Chun teaches kung fu to cabin staff
By Ted Thornhill
An airline has come out fighting against unruly behaviour on its planes – by teaching kung fu to its cabin crew. In a world first, lessons in hong kong airlines wing chun combat are being made compulsory for all stewards and stewardesses who work for Hong Kong Airlines. Hong Kong airlines Wing Chun teaches kung fu to cabin staff fr their safety purpose. The carrier hopes that training in the deadly martial art will help its staff deal with disruptive passengers more effectively and give them more confidence when faced with violence.
There are around three incidents involving disruptive passengers every week, according to Eva Chan, the carrier’s deputy general manager of corporate communication.
What’s more, one stewardess has already put some of her new-found Bruce Lee skills into action on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. ‘One of the passengers was sick but he was probably drunk and felt unwell. Hong Kong airlines Wing Chun trains their airline’s staff in kung fu techniques. The crew member attended to him and she realised her fitness was helping her, especially because the guy was quite heavy,’ Chan told the Sunday Morning Post.
‘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.’ Wing chun has been practiced in China for hundreds of years. It involves learning striking and grappling moves and simultaneous defence and attack. Hong Kong airlines Wing Chun is the first airline which give kung fu training to your staff. ‘Wing chun can be used in small, confined spaces so it’s suited for an airplane,’ according to Wing chun instructor Katherine Cheung Cheung. ‘It’s easy to learn but difficult to master.’
Some people may think teaching cabin staff the skill is plane crazy – but the Hong Kong Airlines recruits are getting a real kick out of it. Lumpy Tang, 22, said she never imagined kung fu would be part of the job and now feels much more confident going about her duties while airborne. ‘We were surprised in the beginning, but after a few lessons we really liked wing chun,’ Tang told the Post. ‘You cannot predict what will happen on the plane, so wing chun is good because it’s so fast. I feel safer because I can defend myself and I’m really happy to be one of the first cabin crew to learn wing chun in the world.’
To highlight just how fighting fit its cabin crew are, Hong Kong Airlines has released a new advert, recently posted on YouTube, in which an air stewardess uses her free-flowing kung fu moves to point out the destinations that the carrier serves.
The advert, which claims the airline is ‘reaching higher’, ends with the boast that all the cabin crew are trained in wing chun.
Watch the ad below:
Bad behaviour gets the chop: Airline teaches kung fu to cabin staff
This entire article was By Ted Thornhill
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