Foil a Hijacking..Get A Reward
Thankfully, we haven’t had a situation like this on board a U.S. jetliner in years, but unforuntaly it just happened on a Chinese Airline, Hainan Airlines. But, thanks to the training of the crew and the help of two security guards onboard, they kept and maintained control of the aircraft and now. On June 29th six Uighurian men were arrested for the hijacking attempt in China’s far west region of Xinjiang. Two later died from injuries they received while fighting the crew and security guards.
Now, the crew and guards are being very, very generously rewarded.
Hainan Airlines, awarded the chief flight attendant and two security guards 1 million yuan ($159,000) in cash, an apartment worth 3 million yuan ($477,000) and a car. The other six crewmembers each received 500,000 yuan ($79,500) in cash, a 2 million yuan ($318,000) apartment and a car, Xinhua (the official news agency in China reported).
Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China awarded 1 million yuan ($159,000) to the entire crew. Xinjiang’s regional government awarded 500,000 yuan ($79,500) to be divided among the whole crew, and 100,000 yuan ($15,900) each for 10 crew members and passengers.
The government of south China’s Hainan province – where the airline is headquartered – awarded 500,000 yuan ($79,500) to be split among the crew, and 100,000 yuan ($15,900) each to the two security guards, Chinese media reported.
So what do you think? Would a monetary reward such as the one received in China happen in the United States? I mean, surely, they’d become national celebrities just as the crew of US Air 1549 did.
Regardless, job well done!