Japan Airlines has introduced a "child icon" which appears on the seat map for passengers to choose their seats as per their preference.
What's the one thing about vacations that riles you up? I'm sure most people would agree when I say traveling is. Hours of sitting on a flight with not much to do can definitely get monotonous at a point of time. But frankly speaking, even that is manageable, because nothing can be more bothersome than a crying baby. The constant nagging and screaming of an infant make it unbearable to sit throughout the already uncomfortable seats on flights. Keeping such pet peeves in mind one airlines have introduced a new tool that allows you to dodge these mischieve-makers.
"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," reads the airline's website. https://t.co/fF3jj0oh4H— FOX5 Las Vegas (@FOX5Vegas) 26 September 2019
According to a report by CNN, Japan Airlines has created a map which displays a child icon on the seat allotted to children aged 2 and under so you can choose your desired seat based on the present information. How genius is that? "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," reads the website of the airlines.
Unfortunately, the feature is not foolproof and JAL was quick to point that out. The company does not guarantee passengers a seat that would be out of their earshot of a yelling infant. The icon does not appear if someone using a different/ third party website to book the tickets other than JAL's or if "seats booked as part of a tour or using award tickets." The same criteria applies if there are any last-minute changes made to the aircraft. Despite these limitations, people cannot stop praising JAL for introducing this innovative and feature.
One twitter user, @dequinix wrote: 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. Please take note, @qatarairways: I had 3 screaming babies next to me on my JFK-DOH flight two weeks ago. Another @EricM66524480 wrote: I agree. Thank you JAL. If someone has ever been sitting next to or in close proximity to an infant or a child on a flight for several hours where you cannot escape, you get the feeling that death is a good option. From now on, i will choose JAL when possible.
I’ve been saying for ages we need a 21+ or 18+ only flight. I would gladly pay a fee for such a flight.— Tarek Haidar (@TarekHaidar) 26 September 2019
However, there were some who slammed other travelers for their intolerance towards infants. @gsundar wrote: 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. What ever happened to life's surprises ? @DDubDub21 wrote: As a father of 5 and having travelled with each one as a baby at one point or another, I try to do everything I can to keep them from crying. It's hard on parents too. And remember: it's just one day. You'll survive your flight. Chill
Brilliant idea. I always book adult only hotels and have often said it’s a shame the tour operators don’t offer child free flights also. I would happily pay a premium for that also.— Paul Anley (@paul_anley) 26 September 2019