With the growth of Chinese aviation, more and more Chinese people fly. I’ve written about how air travel is increasingly democratized and just as there are problematic people on the ground, there are problematic people in the sky.
In China it’s even more likely in the U.S. that you’ll have passengers unfamiliar with social norms of air travel, as rapid growth and industrialization has meant bringing rural Chinese into contact with development and air travel for the first time. The Chinese government has tried to crack down on the behavior of its citizens while traveling abroad, and so has the Thai government.
When I traveled to Beijing in 2008 before the Olympics I recall signs reminding citizens to be on their best behavior because ‘the world is watching’ in advance of the Summer Games.
Whether it’s passengers charging the cockpit, self upgrading, or opening the aircraft door and popping the slide, Chinese flight attendants have to be ready — perhaps even more ready than their counterparts working for airlines based in other parts of the world. It’s dangerous out there.
Using military style training… the women are seen to carry logs in muddy water that is almost calf deep, not an easy condition by anyone’s standards.
Wading through the filthy water is a tough task for the petite trainees, who look more like army recruits than newbie flight attendants.
The Chengdu East Star Airline training course is designed to sort the wheat from the chaff, and ensure the flight attendants who make it through to the final round are the toughest stewardesses around.
Two years ago I wrote about Chengdu’s Southwest Airline College teaching flight attendants kung fu.
The practice isn’t limited to mainland China, either, because I covered Hong Kong Airlines using kung fu training in 2011 in response to their dealing with “3 drunk or unruly passengers a week.”
In Henan Province perform martial arts under the direction of a Taoist kung fu on top of a mountain 6,560 feet about sea level.