Kungfu Training for Chinese Flight Attendants

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Part of being addicted to travel involves obsessively reading the travel section of my favorite online newspaper, The Age. Had to laugh when I read an article on how the cabin crew of Hong Kong airlines are taking Kungfu lessons.

If you are an obnoxious drunk, impolite flirt or don’t fly well, BEWARE. I’ve posted the article below for your amusement icon smile Kungfu Training for Chinese Flight Attendants

“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.

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

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Two weeks ago a crew member had to put her martial arts training into practice on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong.

“One of the passengers was sick but he was probably drunk and felt unwell. The crew member attended to him and she realised her fitness was helping her, especially because the guy was quite heavy,” Chan told the newspaper.

“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.”

New recruit Lumpy Tang, 22, said she never imagined kung fu would be part of the job.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

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,” Cheung said. “It’s easy to learn but difficult to master.”

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  1. Red Theatre says:

    Now that's funny. My understanding is that wing chun is so powerful that it should only be used in emergency where you need to seriously hurt the other person. Therefore not the ideal style of Kung Fu for dealing with drunk passengers. :P
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  2. Wanda says:

    Well to me Martial Arts means respect and discipline. I have trained in different Martial arts now for much more than 15 years.
    I have seen quite a lot of people come and go but one other thing that I have noticed is
    the respect and discipline having changed those peoples
    perception of life.
    Young kids that have started that might be on the wrong
    side of the tracks, always in trouble and no idea how to respect other
    kids. Put them in a controlled environment with discipline and fighting and they soon start to
    Martial arts is one way for teens and adults to get rid of their aggression without hurting or bullying anyone.

  3. So now to travel abroad specially chine, i need to learn kungfu, well thats funny.

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