Does the thought of sitting next to a baby on a long-haul flight seem less than ideal to you? One airline has your back if you're simply not a fan of babies on airplanes. Japan Airlines just introduced a new icon on its seating map that lets passengers know where babies and toddlers will be seated.
How does Japan Airlines plan to keep track of where little ones will be seated on planes? All passengers traveling with children who range between newborn status and two years of age will have icons displayed on their seats on the airline's seat-selection screen. However, Japan Airlines has made it clear that the new system can't guarantee that passengers won't be seated near kids. The icon won't appear if passengers book tickets through third-party booking platforms or tour groups. Last-minute aircraft changes could also impact the system.
Nobody wants to make parents feel ashamed about bringing little ones on flights. However, the reality is that some travelers aren't thrilled to discover that they'll be stuck next to crying babies and screaming toddlers on flights that could last for hours. In fact, many happy customers used Twitter to thank Japan Airlines for the new update. Many passengers recounted instances of being forced to sit near multiple screaming children on 13-hour flights. Of course, some Twitter users were quick to point out that there needs to be more tolerance when it comes to parents who need to travel with young children.
The good news is that Japan Airlines isn't trying to shame parents by pointing out where children will be seated on flights. The airline simply wants to make sure passengers are informed when it comes to picking seats.
The bottom line is that sleep is often a necessity for people who travel several times a week for business. Japan Airlines also does plenty to cater to parents flying with young children. The carrier offers parents strollers in some airports. In addition, parents with small children enjoy priority boarding when flying with Japan Airlines. The benefit of the new system could actually be a two-way street. Parents will no longer have to worry about being seated next to adults who dislike traveling next to children.