Pobeda Airlines Staff To Strike Rowdy Passengers

You might want to think twice about your behaviour next time when you are checking in at Pobeda Airlines counter. The low-cost Russian airline, Pobeda, intends to teach their ground staff judo and sambo. Sambo is a type of martial art developed by the Soviet Red Army in the 1920s.

This peculiar decision arose from an enraged passenger who missed his flight from Moscow demanded a refund but was refused by Pobeda’s ground staff. He went on to attack the staff but his act was caught on camera and later arrested.

According to Russian news site Vedomosti, Pobeda chief Andrey Kalmykov said,

“We’ve found a better option (than a private security company) and will train employees [in] sambo and judo. In this case, we will not have to raise ticket prices.”

Pobeda Airlines is the low-cost arm of the parent company Aeroflot. Aeroflot has been campaigning to penalise rowdy passengers.

Sambo is an acronym of samozashchita bez oruzhiya, which translates to “self-defense without weapons.” Its arsenal of moves includes strikes, joint locks, chokes, throws and ground fighting. Judo, which means “gentle way,” was developed in Japan in 1882. Its objective is to throw or take down opponents using holds and leverage.

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