In the case of US Airways Flight 1549, now known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”, Captain Chelsey Sullenberger and his crew managed to avert disaster by affecting a water landing; however, one outcome of that event was the fact that many passengers were ill equipped to handle an air emergency. Even though we are briefed before each flight on the emergency procedures, the passengers did not know what to do when the captain announced “Brace for impact.”
So, most passengers understand that in the event of an emergency, we are to leave our belongings behind so we can move quickly to safety, use the floor lighting to find the nearest exit, and when using the emergency chute, we go down feet first and move out of the way as quickly as possible when we get to the bottom.
Given the relative safety of air flights, what we haven’t heard in some time is “Brace for impact.”
The brace position is described as:
- Placing your feet flat on the floor.
- Tuck your arms and elbows close to your sides.
- Bend forward, over your thighs, as tightly as possible.
- Tucking your head on or as close as possible to, the surface you are most likely to strike when slammed forward. That is, the seat in front of you or the bulkhead, depending on your position in the plane.