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Travel Japan Airlines shows passengers where babies and toddlers are seated

13:25  26 september  2019
13:25  26 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Japan Airlines ' seat -selection map shows passengers where infants and toddlers are sitting. Japan Airlines is saving some passengers who dread sitting next to babies from flight anxiety. Their seat -selection maps show you where the kids are .

Japan Airlines is saving some passengers who dread sitting next to babies from flight anxiety. Their seat -selection maps show you where the kids are .

Plenty of travelers gripe about sitting next to a baby or toddler on a flight. Japan Airlines has a more effective solution: A seat map showing you where all the babies are so you can choose not to be near them.

Civil jet airplanes of JAL - Japan Airlines and Skymark Airlines at Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by: aviation-images.com/UIG via Getty Images)© Getty Civil jet airplanes of JAL - Japan Airlines and Skymark Airlines at Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by: aviation-images.com/UIG via Getty Images)

The carrier's seat-selection map shows potential passengers where seats have already been purchased for infants and small children.

Passenger Rahat Ahmed told USA TODAY that he was selecting his seats for a long Japan Airlines flight when he noticed that the seat map had an indicator for a baby bassinet.

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Travelers, rejoice: The Japan Airlines seat -selection map now shows travelers where babies will be seated on upcoming flights. TPG reader Kevin Yang forwarded us this tweet by JAL passenger Rahat Ahmed, and we checked to confirm that the airline had added baby icons on its long-haul flights.

A crying baby or upset toddler can crank up the stress levels of both parents and other passengers faster than a seatbelt sign can switch off, but Japan Airlines may The airline does, though, caution that it's not an exhaustive guide to where small passengers are seated , stating that travellers who

"Some of them were not where the bassinet would be, so I was curious if this actually was an indicator of a baby on the seat," he said.

Japan Airlines' website explains the meaning of the seating chart's "child icon."

"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," the site notes. "This lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there."

But it cautioned that passengers shouldn't accept the baby map as gospel when picking seats.

If, for instance, a child seat is booked through a method other than the JAL website (for instance, as part of a tour or award ticket), then the child icon would not be displayed. And if there is a change in aircraft, the baby locator icons may not be displayed in the proper spots.

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Baby strollers are available for passengers with infants (both types A and B are available). Additionally, passengers traveling with an infant may not be seated in the same seat row as another passenger Infants and toddlers are to be accompanied by a passenger at least 12 years of age.

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Ahmed, who travels frequently for work and tries to sleep on overnight flights, considers the baby map to be an asset despite those disclaimers. Though rowdy kids have been the exception rather than the rule, he has had a few bad experiences.

"I have no issues with babies, but if I can avoid the risk of a parent who lets their child run amuck, I’m happy to take advantage," he said. "And when you have transoceanic flights, you want greater certainty," he said.

This is the first Ahmed has noticed a baby map during the booking process but wishes other carriers would offer the tool.

In addition to warning adults where kids will be seated, Japan Airlines also offers several amenities to the families themselves. They can take advantage of priority boarding and check strollers free of charge. The airline also offers bottle-warming assistance, diapers and child-friendly entertainment.

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The following services are provided on Japan Airlines ' aircraft for infants and small children on Infant meal or baby meal are available. Please choose either one according to your baby ’s age. *Images are shown for illustrative purposes only. Toy variety may vary accoding to the operating carrier, stock

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USA TODAY reached out to Japan Airlines for comment.

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