Japan Airlines will let you check to see if you're sat next to screaming baby

27 September 2019, 03:13

Japan Airlines can now let you see where young children will be sat on flights.
Japan Airlines can now let you see where young children will be sat on flights. Picture: Getty

By Kate Buck

Japan Airlines has announced a new booking feature allowing passengers to see if they are sat next to a screaming child.

When booking a seat, customers can now see a "child" icon appear over any place where a youngster under the age of two has been sat.

The airline said: “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, the new measure isn't entirely foolproof just yet as bookings made by a third party or if there is any last minute changes.

Travellers have given a mixed response to their idea.

Entrepreneur Rahat Ahmed drew attention to the policy on Twitter, thanking the airline for giving him the option to check before a 13-hour flight.

But his apparent joy at the option was met with outrage by others, called for "tolerance" for babies on flights.

David Walker replied: "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."

Another Twitter 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 surprise."

Others pointed out that noise cancelling headphones would most likely fix his problem.

Jene Johnson said: "Wow... get some noise cancelling headphones and go about your day."

"I don't understand people that complain about babies crying on planes. I put on my headphones and I hear nothing."