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Pic shows: Flight attendants in one of their courses in hand-to-hand combat to be prepared for in-flight emergencies. Rowdy air passengers better watch their steps and their manners on flights to China in future. For Chinese flight attendants are now fully trained in unarmed combat to tackle nuisance travellers. Male and female stewards have been put through military-style training to prepare them for in-flight emergencies before graduating from their flight academies. The no-nonsense training has been going on at the aviation vocational school in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. And it means the trolley dollys are in peak physical condition having taken courses in hand-to-hand combat before taking to the skies. Undergraduates are put their their paces come rain or shine and learn how to grapple and do somersaults to deal with any situation. One female student Lin Li said: " We are prepared for anything from a drunk passenger to a terrorist. "Our military training and taekwondo classes start from year one. They strengthen our bodies and prepare our anti-terrorism abilities and speed of reaction. "Besides these classes, we obviously also take etiquette classes as we need to look after and be nice to the passengers so they will feel safe and want to travel with us again." Phew, that's okay then. (ends)

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