Travelling can already be a stressful process, a crying baby and an eight hour flight can set a passenger over the edge. For this, Japan Airlines announced their new seating map system, revealing to passengers where babies are sitting before committing to seat selection.
Displaying a child icon on the seat of a baby aged 8 days to 2 years old, passengers will have the opportunity to prepare for or avoid the possible chaos.
Japan Airlines seem to be receiving praise for this controversial new feature, with passengers taking to Twitter to share their thoughts:
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.
— Rahat Ahmed (@dequinix) September 24, 2019
While some may think this is the best new airplane policy of the century, others are criticizing passengers for the lack of empathy they are displaying towards families travelling with young children during long flights.
In response to that tweet, another passenger tweeted:
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 😉?
— GS (@gsundar) September 26, 2019
This change will not only affect adult travellers, JAL has also improved policies to make the travel process easier for families, including providing strollers for rent at the airport and accepting baby strollers as free checked baggage. The airline is also providing priority boarding for passengers with children, hot water for bottles and diaper changing facilities on the flight.
Whether it’ll be families with babies choosing to band together or migrate further apart on board – seating annoyances will prevail.