Cabin crew: Brace position changes could save a passengers life
Cabin crew have been revealing some of the top secrets of the aviation industry that many passengers may not be aware of.
Many have chipped into a recent a Reddit thread titled: “Flight attendants of Reddit, what are some disturbing secrets that passengers should know?”
Some of them are well-known secrets such as how to unlock a plane toilet from the outside and why windows must always be open when landing.
One online user has revealed a secret that he was once told by someone onboard a flight when it comes to doing the brace position.
A simple change to the way it is executed could save a passengers life.
If something falls on your hand/head, you’ll still have one good hand to use
Reddit user DeviantOffspring explained how the way the hands are put on the head should be changed.
He wrote: “A flight attendant told me that in the event of a situation where passengers have to cover their heads you do not ‘lock’ your fingers over head but place one hand on top of the other.
“If something falls on your hand/head, you’ll still have one good hand to use.”
Many realised how useful this was, with one person commenting: “That’s good for any ‘cover your head and brace for impact’ situation.”
Although many discussed how this is also useful advice when doing a martial art or in a fight to keep one hand undamaged.
Cabin crew: The brace position requires the hands to be put behind the head
Another user realised that by choosing which hand gets hit first, it could also make a difference.
They remarked: “I’d take that a step further and say to put your non-dominant hand on top.
“That way, your most useful hand will be the one that survives.”
The brace position is often used during an emergency with passengers being shown how to do it during the safety procedure during a flight.
It requires passengers to put their head down with both hands behind their head or on the seat in front of them.
Cabin crew: The brace position should not interlock hands
Yet does the brace position really save lives in an accident?
Conspiracy theorists think it doesn’t and is actually used for something else entirely.
According to the website The Odyssey Online, some believe it is so that “head will smash into the seat in front of you and instantly break your neck”.
This means that not only with the teeth remain intact so they can be identified but morbidly means the payout could be less for the airline.
Some suggest that it could cost $40 million less for a death of a passenger in comparison to the cost of the rehabilitation for life.
Of course, these are all unfounded and research has found that a brace position means the body absorbs much less impact during a crash.