Don’t want to sit next to a lap infant on a long flight? Book your trip on Japan Airlines and pay attention to where babies are seated. Keep monitoring the seat map as your travel date approaches, in case and young children are added to the flight and change seats accordingly. Is this every frequent flyer’s dream feature, or…?
Japan Airlines offers passengers the ability to see when they're booking a seat beside a child between the ages of eight days and two years old 👶 After a baby is booked on a flight, a symbol appears on their seat online.
What do you think of this?
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At first blush this seems like it’s great for other passengers, who don’t want to be seated near a young child. It’s not just about avoiding being next to them, but you may not want to have your seat back kicked either.
Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Economy
In practice this means that the seat next to a young child is likely to remain open, as long as the plane isn’t full. So this is good for parents and for other passengers.
On the other hand, it tells especially creepy people where they might want to sit, right? Airlines don’t – and shouldn’t – flag where young women are seated on the aircraft. That would create a target rich environment for creeps. Should we be concerned about people that would use the young child marker to opt into nearby seats rather than to avoid them?