This Airline Thinks It Can Stop Babies From Crying on Planes

Do they just have their heads in the clouds?
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Oct 2017
Mom holding baby on plane
Photo: iStock

One airline dared to go where no airline has gone before: it invited 34 families—including 36 babies—on a domestic flight. The reason? Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is working on tactics to help prevent babies from crying on planes.

During the flight, researchers attached special devices to babies’ chests to detect the warning signs of cries before crying actually started. The devices measured vitals that change when baby gets fussy, like pulse and heart rate. Then, it sent that information to each parent’s smartphone, prompting them to help baby suck on special sweets or drink from a newly-designed cup from Combi.

Sucking is a tried-and-true travel tip to help baby relax during take-offs and landings. It forces them to swallow, combatting the ear popping that occurs with a change in pressure.

While all of the data collection went smoothly, we don’t know about the project’s next steps. But we know the goal is to encourage more parents to fly comfortably—and that’s something we can get behind.

H/T The Japan Times

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