The Japan Airlines seat map will let you see where babies are sitting on the plane
Japan Airlines flight 307 to Fukuoka, boarding at Tokyo Haneda (from this story)

When you fly, do you feel as though you’re always seated next to a crying baby? Japan Airlines sympathizes. Per CNN, the Japanese airline’s seat map now lets you see where babies and toddlers (up to two-years old) are sitting on the plane. When the time comes to choose your seat, you’ll see little baby head icons on the seat map over seats with children in them. JAL has more info, plus a look at what the icons look like on the seat map, here.

Importantly, the feature won’t be available with every booking. On its dedicated page, Japan Airlines notes that the child icons won’t display with “seats booked as part of a tour or using award tickets” or “seats selected through means other than the JAL website.” And when an aircraft is changed on a route, the seat map may not update, nor will previous versions of the map be necessarily accurate. In short, there are no guarantees, but the idea is clearly to give people more control over their seatmates.

After having kids, I’ve realized that most babies are better behaved on planes than adults are, but it’s really stressful traveling with toddlers. They’re unpredictable and moody no matter what you do. When I’m with my young kids, the last thing I want is to have someone that hates kids sit next to or near us. I think this is a great idea and I hope other airlines will follow suit.

What if you want to fly with a child on Japan Airlines?

With its baby seat map, Japan Airlines is extending a courtesy to people flying with and without babies. The airline is generous with flyers with small children in other ways, too, typically offering baby seats, baby blankets and toys onboard and making strollers available at the gate. Baby seats, at least, must be requested at least three days in advance. See more here.

1,500-year-old camphur tree at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
1,500-year-old camphur tree at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka

More Japan Airlines

Among the many destinations Japan Airlines serves in Japan is Fukuoka, which our editor wrote about last week.



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