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Published:April 19th, 2011 00:58 EST
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Hong Kong Airline Cabin Crew Gets Kung Fu Training! Good Idea?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Hong Kong airline is making all its cabin crew take kung fu lessons to help them to deal with drunk and unruly passengers.

Hong Kong Airlines said all staff had been invited to undergo training in wing chun -- a form of kung fu used in close-range combat -- but it was only compulsory for cabin crew, the Sunday Morning Post reported.

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The airline had around three incidents involving disruptive passengers every week, said Eva Chan, the carrier`s deputy general manager of corporate communication." AFP


"Wing chun" sounds like an appetizer at a Chinese restaurant. This form of kung fu should be renamed something more intimidating like, "Broken Wing Dance of Death."

The flight attendants who have undergone the kung fu training should wear martial arts uniforms; it will discourage drunks and wise guys from acting up. It might also persuade terrorists not to carry out a plot to take over the plane.

This idea would never work in the United States, if a flight attendant who is trained in the martial arts so much as touches a passenger, the airline would be sued.

If it were up to me drunk passengers would be tossed out of the plane.

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