In yet another strange airline publicity stunt, Hong Kong Airlines has decided to train all of its flight attendants in the art of wing chun, the type of kung fu practiced by legendary Bruce Lee.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the airline has made clear that the training is a publicity stunt intended to drum up buzz about a planned IPO next year.
But it’s also part of an effort to increase employee retention rates and to help flight attendants deal with unruly customers, a company representative told the Wall Street Journal in a video interview (below).
The martial art, classified by sharp movements and close-range combat, has been deemed perfect for an aeroplane.
And while it may seem an odd practice for flight attendants, Eva Chan, an airline spokeswoman told the paper that it came in handy on a recent Beijing to Hong Kong flight.
“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 paper. “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.”
Check out the Wall Street Journal‘s hilarious video, below: