A Russian budget airline boss has said staff will be trained in sambo to help them should passengers become aggressive.
Last month, International Sambo Federation (FIAS) President Vasily Shestakov said he thought techniques from the combat sport would prove worthwhile for employees of airlines.
It has now emerged that Pobeda, based in Moscow and a subsidiary of Aeroflot, will be teaching their staff techniques from the sport.
Andrey Kalmykov, the airline’s chief executive, said the company will also be training staff in judo as well.
He added the training will help save passengers money as it will cut down on costs for hiring private security staff.
“We have chosen a better option, we will train our employees in sambo and judo,” Kalmykov told news agency Interfax.
“In that case, we wouldn’t need to raise the ticket prices.”
On February 10, a Pobeda passenger attacked a manager for the airline at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow after demanding a refund for a ticket which was not used because he missed the flight.
When discussing using sambo on airplanes, Shestakov also referenced an Etihad flight from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to Abu Dhabi where a man reportedly threatened passengers.
"As you may know, recently there was some escalation of conflicts in the aircrafts, provoked by the drunk passengers," Shestakov said.
"According to statistics, the vast majority of violations are committed by the passengers in the state of alcohol intoxication on board the aircrafts, when they are already in the air, which creates life and health dangers for the passengers and crew."