Japan Airline’s Booking System Lets You Know If Seat Is Taken By A Child


While these days it seems babies and kids are behaving better than some adults on planes, nobody really likes to get on a flight and realize they are sitting next to a child. Well, one airline has found a way to prevent that way before you board your flight.

Japan Airlines is now giving travelers a way to see whether the seat they are choosing is next to a child. When passengers get the map to pick their seat, Japan Air has added a code that includes an icon informing them if a seat has been taken by children below the age of two. 

“Passengers travelling with children between eight days and two years old who select their seats on the Japan Airlines website will have a child icon displayed on their seats on the seat selection screen,” reads the airline’s website. “This lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there." 

  • An while this may sound like a great idea to some, at least one person has an issue with it. When Britain’s “This Morning” TV show discussed the topic, host Matthew Wright, wondered whether this was something that could be abused by “perverts," although they did incorrectly think the icon symbolized a child under 12, not two.
  • “I can see a problem. Let's say you're a pervert, and you want to spend 12 hours talking to children,” he said. “You want to spend 12 hours on a long haul flight, talking to a child, you can go on Japanese airlines, find out where the child is, book a seat next to them. It's an absolute disaster. A disaster.” 

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