Airline launches system to help travellers avoid crying children on planes

Long haul flights can be testing for many different reasons – from the lack of legroom to uncomfortable sleep and even gross food.

But, they’re often made infinitely worse when you’re sat next to a screaming child or crying toddler.

Even though it’s not the poor kids fault that they’re upset – and parents aren’t magicians – it’s often not tolerable when it carries on for hours and hours.

So, if you’re keen to avoid being sat next to a child what can you do?

Well, one airline is changing the game for travellers by introducing a system which helps people who want to stay as far away from kids on its planes as possible.

And, Twitter users have been urging other airlines to follow suit.

The system is inserted where you would normally pre-book your selected seats before the day of your flight.

As usual, you’re given an aerial view of the plane which shows the available seats and those that have already been chosen.

But, here’s where Japan Airlines has changed the game, reports the Mirror.

A small icon will now show which seats have been booked by travellers under the age of 12 so that you can select a seat as far away as possible.

The website explained: "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.

“This lets other passengers know a child may be sitting there."

Unfortunately, there are some flaws in the system.

Mainly that the icon will not show up for any seats booked through third-party websites.

And, a parent could book the open seats near you after you’ve made your selection.

So there’s still a risk that you might end up next to a crying baby or whinging child.

Ah, well, at least the odds are more in your favour…

Would you prefer it if airlines in the UK implemented this system? Tell us in the comments…

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