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Japan Airlines has introduced a tool that shows passengers where babies are sitting before they book their seat on a flight. Passengers can now ensure that they are not sitting near a baby, especially for long flights.

The airline shared: “Passengers travelling with children between eight days and two years old who select their seats on the JAL 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.”

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However, this tool has been met with mixed responses, with many parents stressing that it makes them feel like a hindrance.

We understand that flying with kids must be a nightmare, we can barely get ourselves through security with ease never mind a toddler.

However, many people have said this service is a huge help because sitting beside a crying baby is never fun.

Others expressed their outrage on Twitter:

“Babies are not capable developmentally to “plan” crying or screaming,” said one woman.

Another user added, “They are babies as we all once were. We need to learn tolerance or will soon start needing a map of seat locations for mouth breathers, droolers, farters, drunks, and perhaps a lot more things in life. What ever happened to life's surprises?”

What do you make of this new tool? Should other airlines introduce it or are people being far too fussy about where they sit on planes?

 

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If you're headed to the airport, you may want to look away now.

Ryanair pilots in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are staging a 24-hour strike over pay and conditions.

The industrial action taken by the five European countries has been described as the largest walkout for the airline.

Consequently, around 15 percent of Ryanair's flight schedule has experienced disruptions. 

Ryanair said they were forced to cancel 250 flights to and from Germany, on Friday, August 10.

However, there is good news for those flying in and out of the Netherlands.

The low-cost airline said their schedule for August 10 will operate as normal. 

In a morning tweet update, the airline stated that 2,000 flights will take off and will carry almost 400,000 passengers today.

AFP is reporting that a total of around 400 flights have been cancelled throughout Europe.

This means an estimated 55,000 passengers will be impacted, according to the news agency.

Understandably, passengers who are bearing the brunt of the cancellations have expressed their grievances on Twitter.

One user wrote: "Hi Ryanair my flight from Rome Ciampino to London Stansted has been cancelled. There's no information and no staff to be seen at the airport. I'm stuck at the gate. Some information (food and compensation) would be great!"

Another Twitter account posted a video of a number of people awaiting delayed luggage in the early hours of the morning.

The user tweeted "Can you explain [to] all of us (people from seven different flights) why, after a two hour plus delay, we have been waiting for another hour and a half for our luggage? At 2 am? Are you serious?" 

Ryanair have been attempting to manage pilot strikes throughout Europe since early July.

The airline has requested striking unions to "continue negotiations."

We hope if you're flying with Ryanair, you get to go on your holibobs.

A good cocktail and some sunshine will soon make you forget your travel stress.

If you're one of the unlucky ones – enjoy your wine, angry tweets and a good cry. 

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An Irish aviation start-up, Aer Southeast, will make its first official flight next month.

The new company is based in Waterford Airport, and will offer flights from Waterford to the UK.

So far, its three destinations are London Luton, Manchester and Birmingham.

The service to the UK capital will run six times per week, and other services flying three times each week, with prices starting at €79 one-way.

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Aer Souteast is a start-up with a mix of Irish and Scandinavian investors.

CEO of Waterford Airport, Desmond O'Flynn, said: "I am delighted that Aer Southeast will resume three scheduled air services to the UK, all of which have proved their worth and their vital importance to the South East over many years.

“I am also very pleased to welcome this Scandinavian consortium to Waterford. We have had detailed discussions with a number of parties since the loss of scheduled services in June last year, but we were very impressed with the aviation experience of the consortium and their commitment to this project.

"We look forward to working closely with SkyTruckers [the company behind Aer Southeast], as once again regular and sustainable air links to key cities in the UK are operated over the coming months and years."

Aer Sounteast will offer flights from Waterford to the UK starting June 24.

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Game of Thrones actress, Maisie Williams, has found herself in something of a Twitter war with British Airways.

The actress, who plays Arya Stark on the show, voiced her displeasure at being banned from the business lounge as she is under 18 years.

Maisie tweeted the airline, writing: “Denied from the business lounge again for being under 18 and without an adult.. @British_Airways sort your shi** out.”

 

The 17-year-old then went on to say that she does not feel as if she deserves special treatment because of who she is, writing: “I’m not saying I deserve special treatment…Just saying if 16-18 year olds are grown up enough to travel 5,400 miles around the world.. I’m sure we can handle sitting quietly in the damn lounge.”

British Airways responded to the actress by saying: “Hi Maisie, we’re sorry if you were disappointed, lounge guests must be 18 or older. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”

 

 

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