Brace position refers to the the body position assumed by aircraft passengers prior to an imminent crash or other impact. The arms are braced against the seat in front, or locked around the knees or ankles. In the brace position, pillows or other padding may be used to cushion the impact. Assuming the correct brace position prior to impact has been shown to greatly increase chances of surviving a plane crash. Instructions for assuming the brace positions are given during the pre-flight safety presentation.
Also known as crash position.
See also: How to Survive a Plane Crash