A Chinese airline is taking matters into its own hands to help minimize the air safety concerns many travelers have today.
Hong Kong Airlines is teaching flight attendants a type of martial arts called wing chun, a style of close-range combat designed for women.
The fighting technique employs smaller motions than other martial arts, making the self-defense easier to do in confined spaces, like airplanes.
Flight attendants are learning the technique so they can protect themselves better.
"In some cases for the passenger, or drunk passenger or aggressive passenger or even uplifting any heavy luggage for cabin crew, if they know how to use their strength appropriately, probably they can apply Wing Chun or their body fitness to (make) their job easier," explained Eva Chan, Hong Kong Airlines' deputy general manager of corporate communication.
One flight attendant says she never thought she would have to learn martial arts as part of her job. But she is glad she has a way to protect herself.