Sky Marshalls work in narrow spaces where safety and security are extremely essential. So arrest en defense techniques must be short and direct, because the isle in a charter airplane is usually only 80 centimetres wide at most.
Sky Marshalls are therefore very limited in their movements, do not have enough space for big moves or unrestrained physical contact with aggressors. They will have to secure the airplane environment with minimal use of movement, minimal physical contact and minimal use of force.
This is exactly the specialty of the Kurodaiya Violence management Program (KVP).
The KVP for Sky Marshalls has proven itself already for example with the Sky Marshalls of Sri Lankan Airlines. In the Kurodaiya Training & Education Center (KTEC) Sky Marshalls are taught to better observe, position themselves, and to manage conflicts with de-escalation techniques. They are also equipped with essential techniques for neutralising extremely dangerous individuals safely and immediately if necessary.
The Steward(ess) can incidentally function as security staff as well
Airplane safety (mid-air) is the responsibility not only of the Sky Marshall, but of the entire cabin crew, flight attendants included. Drunken, loud, aggressive or obnoxious people and other problems that do not immediately call for Sky Marshall intervention, are part of the tasks and responsibility of the flight attendants.
The flight attendants must be able to defend themselves effectively, to de-escalate small passenger conflicts, aggression, or harassment, to safely handle wildly panicking passengers, and cooperate safely and optimally with the Sky Marshall during a flight. Traditional martial arts, like for example karate, jiu jitsu, kung fu, wing chun, and kick boxing, or over-aggressive combat systems like krav maga are absolutely not suitable for this.
KTEC has developed a highly realistic and practical program with specialised techniques for cabin crew in their work environment. Please ask us about details.
Besides during flights, female flight attendants could use a self defense training for off hours as well, considering they often travel in unknown places during late or early hours when the risk of being mugged or harassed is greater. Even hotel safety can not be trusted in all countries.
The Kurodaiya Violence Management Program offers flight attendants a higher level of personal safety and security, and greatly improves incident management and security teamworking during flights.
And don’t forget the cockpit crew…
Pilots and other cockpit crew must, in extreme situations, also be able to contribute to disarming and neutralising an aggressor, armed or unarmed, that made his way to the cockpit.
Primarily this is of course the task and responsibility of the Sky Marshall and the flight attendants, but if their counteractions have failed for some reason to stop a hijacker or terrorist or other dangerous individual from entering the cockpit, then the last line of defense and possibly the last chance to save the plane and passengers will be the cockpit crew.
The events of 9/11 have made it clear beyond a doubt that passive cooperation with terrorists can result in unimaginable devastation and casualties greatly beyond those of the airplane passengers. With the proper KTEC training, even cockpit crew can learn to hold off or neutralise serious, armed threats and save many lives.