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The skinny: Flight attendants learn kung fu to take better care of fliers

High jinks

Attendants can take real good care of fliers

Airline passengers aren't always the best behaved. Now Hong Kong Airlines is teaching its flight attendants kung fu skills that may come in handy should the need arise to deck drunk passengers, Britain's Sun newspaper reported. Airline bosses say attendants on flights in China have to deal with at least three cases a week where amorous drunks try to paw them. The form of the martial art they are learning is called wing chun. "This kung fu works best at very close range, so it is ideal for a plane," said instructor Sifu Lu Heng. Recruit Lumpy Tang said she never imagined it would be part of the job, but "after a few lessons we really liked wing chun."

Feeling unwanted

Getaway quick, but unnecessary

Pulled over by the police in New York, a 21-year-old man made a daring getaway attempt. He was riding in a car Wednesday afternoon when it was pulled over by police in Rensselaer, across the Hudson River from Albany. Police say the man bolted from the car's passenger side, ran toward the river and jumped in near a bridge. The current carried him about 250 feet down river before he was able to grab onto a branch. Police soon arrived and pulled him from the 50 degree water. Turns out the man, whose name wasn't released, thought there was a warrant out for his arrest. There isn't.

Meeting disorder

Council member grabs attention

Aubrey "Bud" Groskopf, a selectman in Yarmouth, Mass., told the town council meeting that environmentalists are "pointing the gun at our temple" to force the town to build sewers. But rather than the usual Power-Point presentation or a film clip or even a boring old speech, Groskopf decided to use a gun to make his point. Granted, it was a fake. Granted, Groskopf clearly said before taking out the toy gun, "What I'm about to take out is fake." One man, the Cape Cod Times reported, bolted from the room. Others sat stunned. Some were unfazed. Other council members and the police chief condemned the stunt.


Smokey's purr is really a roar

It's official: Smokey has roared her way into Guinness World Records. Guinness said Thursday the tabby earned her place with a record-setting 67.7 decibels, the loudest purr by a domestic cat. Guinness says the loudest animal sounds are the low-frequency pulses made by blue whales and fin whales that can reach 188 decibels. By comparison, a lawn mower is 90 decibels.

Compiled from Times wires and other news sources.

The skinny: Flight attendants learn kung fu to take better care of fliers 05/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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