There are many things which can spoil your flight, and most business travellers would rank 'crying babies' very high on that list – especially when trying to sleep on an overnight leg, ahead of a busy day of meetings.
So what if the seating chart for your flight showed where infants were sitting, allowing you to choose your own seat so it was potentially well out of earshot?
That's what Japan Airlines is doing, with special icons which indicate a seat booked for a child under two years of age.
"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," Japan Airlines explains. "This lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there."
Airlines usually fix bassinets at the bulkhead rows – typically the first row of seats in the business class, premium economy and economy cabins – although if the aircraft has more than one cabin for a travel class, as sometimes happens with business class and often in economy, that means several bulkheads and several babies.
Savvy travellers will often avoid the bulkhead row for that reason, even though those front row seats often have extra legroom and let them be among the first off the plane – but it's a roll of the dice when there's a baby on board, and infants can also be seated elsewhere in the plane and cradled by a parent.
JAL's system isn't foolproof, however.
It currently works only for bookings made directly with Japan Airlines, which means it won't flag toddlers booked through a travel agent or other third-party, or as part of a larger tour group. Seats snared using frequent flyer points also slip through the net.
Other airlines embrace kid-free zones
Singapore Airlines' budget offshoot Scoot takes another approach: it has created a child-free zone by banning children from its 'ScootinSilence' economy cabin.
Located at the very front of the economy section, this self-contained cabin of Scoot's Super and Stretch extra-legroom seats has been declared off-limits to passengers under 12 years.
"No kids under 12 allowed here," promises Scoot, with the child-free seats available for a small fee added on top of a regular economy fare.
Malaysia Airlines went even a step further with its now-retired Airbus A380s, controversially declaring the first class cabin and the small economy cabin at the rear of the superjumbo's upper deck to be kid-free zones.
What's your take on Japan Airlines' approach, and should other airlines not only adopt this but extend it to travellers under say 12 years of age?