SEOUL Dec 27 Korean Air Lines said
it will allow crew members to "readily use stun guns" to manage
in-flight disturbances, after coming in for criticism from U.S.
singer Richard Marx for its handling of an incident involving a
The South Korean carrier also said on Tuesday it will beef
up security training of crew members.
Last week, Marx said on Facebook and Twitter that he helped
initially subdue "a psycho passenger attacking crew members and
other passengers," accusing crew members of being "ill-trained"
and "ill-equipped" to handle the "chaotic and dangerous event".
Marx's wife, Daisy Fuentes, who was with the singer during
the flight from Vietnam to South Korea, said on Instagram that
crew members "didn't know how to use the taser & they didn't
know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their
rope restraints 3 times)."
Korean Air Lines said on Tuesday its crew members are
"hesitant" to use taser guns, because they are permitted for use
on only "grave" situations which jeopardise the life of a
passenger or crew member or the safety of a flight.
"We have decided to improve our conditions and procedure on
using Taser guns to cope with violent acts and disturbances on
board in a fast and efficient manner," it said in a statement,
without elaborating on how it would revise the rules.
However, a spokesman said the changes would ease conditions
on using Taser guns so that crew can "readily use stun guns".
In South Korea, the number of unlawful acts committed aboard
airplanes has more than tripled over the past five years,
according to government data.
Video footage of the recent incident posted on YouTube
showed a young man in a business class seat spat and swore at
crew members trying to restrain him with a rope.
On Monday, the passenger appeared for questioning by police,
wearing a mask, thick-rimmed glasses and a hat. He apologised
for his behavior but said he could not remember what had
happened, according to video shown by broadcaster SBS.
(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Michael Perry)