Don't want to sit by a baby on your flight?

Don't want to sit by a baby on your flight?


Plenty of travelers gripe about sitting next to a baby or toddler on a flight. Japan Airlines has a more effective solution: A seat map showing you where all the babies are so you can choose not to be near them.

The carrier's seat-selection map shows potential passengers where seats have already been purchased for infants and small children.

Passenger Rahat Ahmed told USA TODAY that he was selecting his seats for a long Japan Airlines flight when he noticed that the seat map had an indicator for a baby bassinet.

"Some of them were not where the bassinet would be, so I was curious if this actually was an indicator of a baby on the seat," he said.

Japan Airlines' website explains the meaning of the seating chart's "child icon."

"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," the site notes. "This lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there."

But it cautioned that passengers shouldn't accept the baby map as gospel when picking seats.

If, for instance, a child seat is booked through a method other than the JAL website (for instance, as part of a tour or award ticket), then the child icon would not be displayed. And if there is a change in aircraft, the baby locator icons may not be displayed in the proper spots.

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