Anxious about sitting close to a toddler on your flight? Or traveling with one and hoping to avoid stares from sensitive passengers? Japan Airlines is offering an effective solution. The company has introduced a seat-selection map that shows you where babies are so you can choose not to be near them.
Travelling can be a stressful affair. Frantically rushing to your gate, faffing at security, or removing some of your accessories from your luggage because you went over the allowance isn’t fun at all. Then, adding a screaming baby near you, this can ramp up your stress levels!
Of course, the parent to the toddler is possibly stressed out and doesn’t want to hear that screaming too. But we’ve to admit that the piercing screams from a toddler are the last thing we want to hear during our long fights.
Thankfully, Japan Airlines has introduced a nifty new feature, called ‘Child icon,’ so you can plonk yourself as far away from kids as you desire.
Japan Airlines’ website explains the meaning of the ‘Child icon:’
“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 company warned that the new feature isn’t foolproof. The icon might not appear when you’re booking a ticket via a third party (for instance, as part of a tour or award ticket). It’ll only be available on the JAL website.
And if there’s a last-minute change of flight, the child locator icon won’t be accessible.
Another downfall is that, if you’re a latecomer and everyone else had booked seats away from babies, you’ll have no choice but to pick the ones in the “danger zone.”
The invention has met with mixed reactions on social media, with some users expressing relief that they can now avoid the “annoying” babies.
One frequent traveler, Ahmed, who’s always jetting off to work and tries to sleep on overnight flights, considers the baby map to be an excellent asset.
“I have no issues with babies, but if I can avoid the risk of a parent who lets their child run amuck, I’m happy to take advantage.”
“And when you have transoceanic flights, you want greater certainty,”
But some people are arguing that seating close to a crying child is per the ‘flight’ course.
Despite the disclaimers, there’s no doubt the ‘child icon’ will save a lot of headaches in the future!