KNOWING WHERE BABIES SIT ON PLANES
Parents with crying babies on airplanes often get nasty glares from other passengers. Some of these passengers will be glad to hear that Japan Airlines (JAL) has a seat map that shows where infants under age two are sitting. This allows passengers to reserve seats as far away from babies as possible.
A passenger’s tweet about it spread the word.
But this might be a slippery slope. If passengers are able to get pre-flight information on where babies are sitting, it won’t be long before an airline starts sharing other information, such as where all the snorers are sitting.
Airlines could collect and share a variety of information that would make it easier for passengers to reserve seats.
Wife: “Jack, do you think we should sit in Seats 7E and F? The closest baby is six rows away.”
Husband: “No, Hilda. We’d be right behind a passenger who likes to recline and right in front of a passenger who likes to whine. And look who’d be sitting right next to us—an insurance salesman!”
Wife: “Okay, Jack, what about 25B and C instead?”
Husband: “Did you see who’s in the window seat? A passenger with TB. That’s contagious!”
Wife: “No, Jack, I think TB stands for ‘tiny bladder.’ This passenger gets up to use the washroom every five minutes.”
Husband: “Oh no. That’s even worse! Let’s just sit next to a crying baby.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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