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There are many things which can spoil your flight, and most business travellers would rank 'crying babies' high on that list – especially when they're 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 a pew potentially out of earshot? That's what Japan Airlines is now 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."
The 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.
Of course, travellers who are diligent to book their favourite seat well in advance might find they have to move if a late-booking plonks a baby too close.
Don't want to sit near babies on a plane? This airline has the answer.
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