Japan Airlines has introduced a tool that shows passengers where babies are sitting before they book their seat on a flight. Passengers can now ensure that they are not sitting near a baby, especially for long flights.
The airline shared: “Passengers travelling with children between eight days and two 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, this tool has been met with mixed responses, with many parents stressing that it makes them feel like a hindrance.
Us mums can’t force our kids to stop crying on a flight. We understand that it can be frustrating for fellow passengers, but it is also upsetting for mum to see their child in distress. Flying isn’t an easy experience, especially when you have tiny tots in tow.
Many people expressed their outrage on Twitter:
“Babies are not capable developmentally to “plan” crying or screaming,” said one woman.
Another user added, “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?”
What do you make of this new tool? Should other airlines introduce it or are people being far too fussy about where they sit on planes?