Since I have an amateur interest in Wing Chun, I saw this video just today and remember the story about a 6 months ago. Hong Kong Airlines then primarily as a publicity stunt (really?) decided to train their then new batch of flight attendants in Wing Chun. Here’s a video from the Wall Street Journal.
Here is also the commercial (or at least one of them) shown in Hong Kong displaying Wing Chun
I was mildly disappointed that Hong Kong airlines is mainly doing this as a publicity stunt, but on the flip side it is a good idea. In the cramped confines of an airplane, a flight attendant would need some sort of martial skill in order to “pacify” a physically unruly passenger, especially if they are bigger than her/him. Though still applicable, something like with an “average” Aikido practitioner we need some space to move around, whereas something requiring a little less movement would logically be good.
I don’t know about the skill though; 1 month of training, even 7 days a week would hardly be sufficient enough to learn to use the movements in a good manner. However if a person is in their body enough – learning through their body instead of mentally – they may be able to allow the movements to naturally flow through them and in a high stress situation, pull off something.
One things for sure however, I’ll think twice about messing with one of those female flight attendants!
*Edit: Here’s one more video regarding the same story.