A Russian airline flipping out about violent passengers is taking matters into its own hands — by teaching martial arts to its staff.
Low-cost carrier Pobeda Airlines says it plans to teach its ground staffers judo and sambo, a martial art developed by the Soviet Red Army in the 1920s, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
The decision comes after an irate passenger who missed his flight from Moscow was caught on video as he attacked a Pobeda manager who refused to issue him a refund. The man was later arrested.
The airline initially considered hiring private security guards to help protect its employees, but then dropped the plan because it would have increased the cost of plane tickets by up to 2 percent.