Listen Now: Japanese Airlines To Introduce Childfree Seating… But At What Cost?
Looking for a little peace when you travel? Avoid the child section.
A common complaint among passengers on long flights is younger children who may not be enjoying themselves, and they’re letting everyone around them know it. So to avoid an unwelcome seatmate, Japanese Airlines is rolling out a feature that lets people know where babies will be sitting.
The maps indicate to passengers where children under two will be located. This way you can book to sit as far away as possible. The new feature was a hit when people started using it, with customers praising the airline. Others are now wondering when airlines will start upcharging for the child-free zone.
Another suggestion is that airlines should just start giving out noise canceling headphones, although at hundreds of dollars a pop that might not be so realistic. And of course there are those who would like the same technology used for people who are messy, take their shoes off or hog the armrest. But for now, most people are content to take what they can get.
Just don’t delay your seat selection.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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