Flight Attendant Reveals Why Cabin Crew Sit On Their Hands During Takeoff and Landing

Cebu Pacific flight attendant Henny Lim has explained why passengers will see in-flight staff buckle up in their jump seats before proceeding to sit on their hands in the lead-up to their plane's landing. It’s called “bracing position, which involves fastening seat belts securely, sitting upright, sitting on hands — arms up, thumbs tucked — arms loose, with feet flat on the floor. The aim is to keep the body in a rigid pose so if there’s any impact from a sudden emergency, the body suffers less damage. Bracing position restricts body movement, making flight attendants more secure. While they're in the bracing position, flight attendants mentally go through the steps they would take if an emergency did occur. That includes being aware of emergency equipment in the location, door operation, commands given, and any visual clues outside the aircraft.