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Chinese School Teaches In-Flight, Hand-to-Hand Combat

Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, an academy for bodyguards is emphasizing aviation combat skills and evacuation procedures.
Image: An instructor holds a student by his neck during a special course on flight safety on the outskirts of Beijing
An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant bodyguard training camp holds a student by his neck as trainees watch him demonstrate close-quarter combat skills during a special course on flight safety.JASON LEE / Reuters

Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the Tianjiao International Security Academy, a training camp for bodyguards, is emphasizing the importance of combat skills and evacuation procedures as part of aviation safety.

In the photo above, an instructor grips a student by the neck as trainees watch him demonstrate close-quarter combat skills aboard a scale model of a passenger jet in Beijing on Tuesday.

At least six theories are under investigation after the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 vanished on March 8 — but all remain unsubstantiated.

An instructor at the Tianjiao International Security Academy demonstrates a close-quarters combat move to trainees.JASON LEE / Reuters
Trainees at the Tianjiao International Security Academy practice emergency evacuation from a scale model of a passenger jet.JASON LEE / Reuters