Korean Air crew to given more stun gun training to tackle unruly passengers
Source: Xinhua   2016-12-28 16:33:50

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Korean Air said it will increase stun gun training for crew members and hire more male flight attendants to better tackle unruly passengers.

The airline announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday, promising to "react more firmly and actively" against in-flight violence that threatens the safety of all passengers on board.

"We have decided to improve our conditions and procedure on using Taser guns to cope with violent acts and disturbances on board in a fast and efficient manner," it added.

The change comes days after U.S. pop singer Richard Marx helped crew members restrain a disruptive passenger on his Dec. 20 flight from Haoni to Seoul and criticized crew members for being "ill-trained" and "ill-equipped" to handle mid-air disturbances on his social media accounts.

Marx's wife Daisy Fuentes, who was travelling with the singer, wrote on her Instagram account that the staff didn't know "how to use the Taser and how to secure the rope" around the troublemaker.

Under the airline's existing guidelines, Taser, a brand name often used to refer to electric stun guns, is permitted to be used only when the safety of a flight or the physical security of passengers and crew members are in danger.

According to government figures, the number of in-flight incidents of unruly behavior in South Korea increased to 460 in 2015, nearly three times than that in 2012.

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Korean Air crew to given more stun gun training to tackle unruly passengers

Source: Xinhua 2016-12-28 16:33:50
[Editor: huaxia]

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Korean Air said it will increase stun gun training for crew members and hire more male flight attendants to better tackle unruly passengers.

The airline announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday, promising to "react more firmly and actively" against in-flight violence that threatens the safety of all passengers on board.

"We have decided to improve our conditions and procedure on using Taser guns to cope with violent acts and disturbances on board in a fast and efficient manner," it added.

The change comes days after U.S. pop singer Richard Marx helped crew members restrain a disruptive passenger on his Dec. 20 flight from Haoni to Seoul and criticized crew members for being "ill-trained" and "ill-equipped" to handle mid-air disturbances on his social media accounts.

Marx's wife Daisy Fuentes, who was travelling with the singer, wrote on her Instagram account that the staff didn't know "how to use the Taser and how to secure the rope" around the troublemaker.

Under the airline's existing guidelines, Taser, a brand name often used to refer to electric stun guns, is permitted to be used only when the safety of a flight or the physical security of passengers and crew members are in danger.

According to government figures, the number of in-flight incidents of unruly behavior in South Korea increased to 460 in 2015, nearly three times than that in 2012.

[Editor: huaxia]
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