Japan Airlines has revealed a new tool to tackle the horror of screaming infants by setting a child icon display on its seat booking system that shows where young children are seated.
Japan Airlines’ website says “Passengers traveling with children between 8 days and 2 years old who select their seats on the JAL website will have a child icon displayed on their seats on the seat selection screen”.
This “lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there”. However, the airline cautions it only works for bookings made through the JAL website, not through a third party or if there was a last-minute change of aircraft.
The airline provides a number of strollers for rent in the airport and will accept baby strollers as checked baggage for free.
Passengers traveling with infants also enjoy priority boarding and offers hot water for bottles as well as diaper changing facilities on board.
One Twitter user Rahat Ahmed praised the feature by saying, “Thank you, @JAL_Official_jp for warnings me about where babies plan to scream and yell during a 13-hour trip.”.
“This really ought to be mandatory across the board, ” he said, adding that Qatar Airways should “take note”.
“I had three screaming babies next to me on my [New York to Doha] flight two weeks ago,” he added.
His tweet attracted a number of responses, with some offering support for the “awesome” website booking feature.
However, other Twitter users urged people to be tolerant.
“They are babies, as we all once were. We need to learn tolerance or will soon start needing a map of seat locations for mouth breathers, droolers, farters, drunks, and perhaps a lot more things in life,” said Twitter user G Sundar.
Other Twitter users Jene Johnson said noise-canceling headphones were the answer.
“I don’t understand people that complain about babies crying on planes. I put on my headphones and I hear nothing.”
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