TSA offers self-defense training for cabin crew

Monday, November 16, 2015

Under the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act enacted by Congress in 2003, the TSA Crew Member Self Defense Training Program equips flight and cabin crew members with effective responses for defending against an attacker in a commercial passenger or cargo aircraft.

The training is designed to teach the crew members how to identify and deter potential threats through behavior recognition while applying apprehension and self-defense techniques on targets. These methods increase awareness and enhance safety for crew members and passengers.

There are 22 sites nationwide that offer this free four-hour hands-on training. Students are allowed to repeat the training as many times they want. Conducted by certified TSA instructors, the techniques allow crew to quickly respond to a threat.

“I am so glad I was able to attend this course,” said Jennifer Neumann, flight attendant for American Airlines. “I found [the class] very valuable and, although I hope to never use what I learned, I feel more confident doing my job.”

The training is open to all actively employed flight and cabin crew members of U.S. commercial and cargo airlines. Those interested can learn more or register online.