Is There a Way to Prevent Crying Babies in the Air?

Posted on 10/05/2017

If you’ve traveled anywhere on an airplane, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the wrath of a baby during take-off and landing. But is there a way to prevent babies from crying on airplanes? All Nippon Airways (ANA) is determined to find out.

According to a report, the airline is conducting research into why babies get so upset during take-off and landing.

Together with three other companies—communications company NTT, industrial products-maker Toray and baby product-maker Combi Corp.—the airline took 34 families with 36 babies on a charter flight.

During the flight, they studied the children, taking vitals and checking pulses and monitoring fussiness and sent the information to smartphones held by the parents.

When there were initial signs of fussiness, but before there was a meltdown, the babies were encouraged to drink liquid through a straw provided by Combi to help relieve ear pressure.

The flight was part of a study conducted by the four companies that roughly translates to “An airplane without crying babies!?”

Babies don’t make up a large amount of ANA passengers. The airline estimates that just 1.6 percent of its passengers are under the age of 3. However, parents of small children often opt not to travel when their children are young due to the fact that babies might cry during flight.

Many times, babies begin crying during take-off and don’t stop—presumably due to ear pain.

Currently, the recommendation is to encourage a baby to drink from a bottle, suck on a pacifier or breastfeed during take-off and landing and make sure the child is sitting upright.

The goal of the research is to help parents detect any distress in infants through monitoring. Ideally, the problem of ear pain could be relieved before babies begin to get upset, alleviating at least one of the reasons babies cry on airplanes.

ANA isn’t the first airline to try and help parents fly with small children. U.S. airline JetBlue tried bribing passengers with free flights.

Other airlines, such as AirAsia and IndiGo, have created quiet zones onboard aircraft. These zones are adults-only areas where passengers are sequestered from parents with children. Although, there are no sound barriers to prevent noise from reaching them.

Source: Travelpulse

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