I read in a recent news article that at Hong Kong airlines, staff have to master kung fu.

Although I'm aware that passengers grabbing control of the cockpit is no longer possible, there's other incidents involving violence by passengers (eg this one), so all things being equal, I'd prefer to have staff who are capable of protecting themselves and passengers from other passengers. Which airlines servicing the Asia region have staff trained in self-defense?

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    Violence in airplanes is very rare. I would not select an airline knowing if they have training in self defense.
    – Max
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 14:12
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    I imagine you're more likely to be struck by lightning on your way to the airport, than you are to be attacked by a fellow passenger.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 14:56
  • BTW the star of HK airline, Rose Chan, who was known as kung fu actress, was being indecent assult in 2011
    – Him
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 15:54
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    From what I can see on Google this was a publicity stunt.
    – Calchas
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 22:44
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    (+1) I tend to agree with @Max but then it's your question and it's clear and on-topic.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 23:31

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They have undercover staff carrying firearms on every international flight, moreover the pilots are usually former pilot of Israel Air Force.

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    We're gonna need references for these claims. ;)
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 15:56
  • This answers my question, but I'm not a big fan of "gun fu".
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 1:23

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