Oh Japan, how you continue to amaze me. The nation’s signature airline recently introduced a new policy in order to provide more peaceful traveling experiences. When selecting seats on a Japan Airlines flight, customers can now see which seats are occupied by young children and can choose their own accordingly. This is a revolutionary move in the world of air travel. How many times have you considered rushing the emergency exit mid-air, just because you were unknowingly seated in front of a cranky toddler? Well, now you don’t have to – if you’re flying around Japan that is.
When booking a flight through Japan airlines, watch out for those little baby heads on the seating chart. After all, few things are more annoying than having to be around someone else’s unruly child as you try and relax during an already uncomfortable experience in the sky. While passengers won’t be alerted of young children if booking through a third-party website, this is still a move in the right direction for airfare. I’m actually surprised no other airlines have adopted this practice. As the rest of the world already knows, Americans can be some of the loudest and most obnoxious people on the planet, and that goes tenfold for their kids. Therefore it makes legitimate sense to have this kind of seating protocol on every Southwest and Delta flight from sea to shining sea.
Now I understand that empathy and compassion are important when dealing with family affairs. It’s not like parents enjoy their kids acting out in a public (or enclosed) space. At the same time, I can understand wanting to throw hands at the six-year-old that’s berating the back of your seat as you try to enjoy Iron Man 3. Until we can get this new seating policy over in the states, I propose we have a three-strike rule for kids on planes. After that, we stick ’em down in storage with the dogs.