30 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Article from BTNews 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

AND FINALLY: Babies on board

Japan Airlines has caused a stir online for its policy of issuing seat maps showing passengers where children under two are likely to be seated so those averse to crying babies can move elsewhere.

It’s not new – Rival ll Nippon Airways has a similar scheme, but the story was resurrected when a passenger Tweeted: “Thank you JAL for warning me about where babies plan to scream and yell during a 13hr trip. This really ought to be mandatory across the board.”

Nobody has told the babies!  And why just Japanese little ones.

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Michael Preston, Weybridge/Cape Town

This is nothing new. All GDS seat maps show seats where infants may be seated. For a start they are bulkhead seats, and because they have to have an extra oxygen mask, the number of infants on board is limited. Such seats are marked on seat maps with an 'I'.


John Davidson, France

One of my worst flying experiences was when BA had just introduced its business-class cabin and it turned out that it was heavily populated by young screaming children Biz pax appreciate quiet


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