Japan Airlines has introduced a new feature on its booking system to tell passengers where young children will be seated during their flight.
During the seat selection process, customers will be shown a “child icon” on seats where a child up to age 2 is booked to be sitting.
“Passengers travelling 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 airline said on its website.
The airline also noted that the child icons may not be displayed correctly in some circumstances, such as a change of aircraft prior to the flight or if seats are not selected directly through the Japan Airlines website.
Other airlines have introduced alternative ways for passengers to avoid being seated near younger children. AirAsia X introduced a “quiet zone” on all of its flights in 2017, setting aside eight rows that cannot be occupied by children under age 10.
Budget Indian carrier IndiGo introduced a similar measure in 2016, branding its premium extra legroom zones “quiet zones” and barring them from being occupied by passengers younger than 12.
Several airlines including Air New Zealand and Qantas display bassinets on seat maps for selected flights to help parents travelling with infants select the right seats, which can also help fellow passengers see where babies might be on the plane.