CABIN crew on Korea Air flights have used electric stun guns to pacify flyers on five occasions, according to an investigation by the BBC. The report says that South Korea’s national carrier is the only big airline known to fly with such tasers on board. They were first introduced on its planes in 2002.
According to the Beeb, the airline is now “ramping up training for staff using the guns after criticism for the way it handled a recent in-flight disturbance”. In that instance, an all-female cabin crew apparently took four hours to subdue a drunk passenger, with other paying flyers forced to help them do so.
Allowing flight attendants to use weapons on planes is troubling. If it takes demure crew several hours to pacify a drunkard, it will not take much for a ne’er-do-well to take the weapon from them for his own means. And no matter how well trained the crew are at handling a taser, they were presumably not selected by the airline for their dead-eye abilities. The danger of something going wrong is too great.
If someone must be responsible for electrocuting flyers, it should be a…Continue reading