Japan Airlines provides passengers with as much information as possible to help them decide where to sit on a flight.
On Tuesday, a frequent flyer noticed a child icon on the seat map for his 1[ads1]3-hour flight at JAL, as the Japanese airline is known. He tweeted his gratitude for what he called a warning "about where babies plan to scream and yell."
This initiated a round of comments that expressed different perceptions about flying with babies and how fellow passengers should treat parents who work with youngsters on trips.
The original poster followed up a few days later, admitting that the baby map is useful but does not solve all of the flight problems. There is still a lot of sneezing, snoring and loud, extremely unpleasant people of all ages. It's not just babies that can make an escape hell.
Since this blew up quite a lot:
1 / Adults can be as bad as babies.
2 / Empathy is important and every situation is different.
3 / Where babies sit can be one of many indicators that help travelers plan flights.
Ultimately, there are more important things to worry about.
– Rahat Ahmed (@dequinix) September 26, 2019
The New York Times and other publications discovered that the "baby chart" is unique to JAL, showing "child icons" for babies aged 0 -2 years. The icons are a new addition to the JAL seat selection process.
No one promises that baby will not be in a seat near you, but you can strategically map your seat choice with the information you received when booking.
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The More You Know …
At least it's not as bad as a budget Australian airline paying for a baby on your lap Don't forget your noise-canceling headphones.