Skip to main content

Airline’s online booking tool helps you avoid screaming babies on flights

Anyone who has been on a long-haul flight will know all too well how such trips can be a test of both body and mind.

It might be the cramped conditions, the recycled air, or the person behind prodding the seat-back display as if their life depended on it. It might also be the infant seated next to you who can’t help but scream from takeoff to landing, leaving your nerves shredded by the time you reach your destination.

Related Videos

In that case, you may be pleased to learn that at least one major airline is now offering a way to help you steer clear of potentially noisy little ones during your flight.

The system, launched recently by Japan Airlines, lets travelers see the location of infants aged between 8 days and 2 years old when they come to select their seat.

Passenger Rahat Ahmed recently praised the carrier’s move, suggesting that it “ought to be mandatory” for all airlines to offer such a service, while adding that just recently he had “three screaming babies” seated close by on a flight between the U.S. and Qatar.

Japan Airlines’ seat map uses a “baby face” symbol to indicate the location of an infant on the aircraft, allowing a traveler to make a more informed decision when they come to select their seat.

But it’s important to note that the feature won’t work for everyone. For example, the symbol won’t show for travelers who book their ticket through a third party, or if they’re part of a tour group. Seating arrangements could also differ dramatically if the aircraft is changed close to its departure time, the airline said.

After his tweet went viral, Ahmed suggested exercising empathy toward parents traveling with children on long flights, and also pointed out how plenty of adults are pretty adept at irritating their fellow passengers. Getting things into perspective, he noted that “ultimately, there are more important things to worry about” than babies on a plane.

Someone else suggested Japan Airlines’ feature was a step too far, and called for greater tolerance …

Anyway, if the in-flight noise is simply too much to handle, you could always stick on a pair of headphones and relax to some soothing tunes.

Editors' Recommendations

Airport hotel builds a full-sized flight simulator into one of its guest rooms
airport hotel builds a full size flight simulator into guest room  1



Read more
American Airlines expands its fast in-flight Wi-Fi, but it will still cost you
computer glitch american airlines christmas plane

Major airlines are slowly but surely responding to customer calls for better in-flight Wi-Fi.

The biggest change has come with the introduction of satellite-based systems that offer better coverage and faster speeds than the older ground-based alternatives.

Read more
Buying airline tickets too early is no longer a costly mistake, study suggests
discount on luggage at amazon walmart and best buy aircraft airplane business 527

Stressing about when to buy airfare at the cheapest rates for that upcoming trip? A new study could help lower those travel-related cortisol levels. A recent study from suggests the window of time to buy the cheapest airline tickets is now much longer, and there’s (almost) no longer such a thing as buying too early.

The study, which looked at nearly a billion flights, suggests the window to buy cheap flights is now much longer. According to the study, the best time to buy is typically between three weeks form the departure, all the way out to ten months ahead of time, with some variations based on destination.

Read more