Let's get real- no one wants to be seated next to or anywhere near a misbehaving child on a plane. Flying anywhere is a stressful ordeal, so having to deal with a baby screaming its head off or a toddler in the midst of a temper tantrum makes it even worse. While we can sympathize with parents who've been stuck dealing with a loud child on a plane, a solution to this issue seems to be on the horizon.
Over in Japan, Japan Airlines has launched a brand new tool to allow customers to sit far away from babies. For every booking flight that's tied to this specific airline, there will be icons of a baby shown in the plane's seat layout online. This allows customers who want to sit away from children to do exactly that.
According to Japan Airlines' website, "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."
While this may be a dream come true for a lot of people, it's not exactly perfect. Japan Airlines has already cautioned potential customers that the baby map won't show up all the time. It will only show up for bookings made through the airlines' website. In addition, those baby icons won't appear if the aircraft has to change.
This move by Japan Airlines has already received a ton of praise from many social media users. After all, many people despise having to listen to a baby screaming bloody murder nearby during a flight. Others have voiced their wishes that more airlines adopt such a baby map so that those flying with other airlines can avoid babies, too.
While the baby map will surely gain a lot of positive attention from customers, Japan Airlines has also shared its tips to successfully fly with kids. The airport has a lot of strollers available for rent, and baby strollers can count as checked luggage. Those who travel with babies get priority boarding, hot water for baby bottles and diaper changing facilities on planes.
Needless to say, Japan Airlines' baby map looks like a great idea already. We'll just have to wait and see whether or not it'll actually prove to be a success.