An airline has introduced a way for passengers to ensure they do not get seated beside a screaming baby.
When customers are selecting a seat for their Japan Airlines flight, a baby emoji will appear where children under two are seated.
Passengers will not see the icon when seats are booked as part of a tour, or when selected through services other than Japan Airlines' own site.
BABY MAP: If you've ever had screaming, crying baby kicking your seat on a multi-hour flight, this one is for you. Japan Airlines has introduced a baby seat map to help you avoid infants. // https://t.co/SOeegCSGDG (Japan Airlines) pic.twitter.com/QXiKLFT9zN— WINK News (@winknews) September 27, 2019
Japan Airlines said: "Passengers traveling with children between 8 days and 2 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."
There has been a mixed reaction on Twitter with some applauding the move.
While others say there are worse things than crying babies for passengers to avoid.
Japan Airlines introduces a booking system that shows you where babies are sitting...great, but I'd prefer to know where the people with body odour are sitting. Give me a screaming baby over stinky pits any day of the week. https://t.co/v2ckiwR0aT via @MailOnline— drex (@drex) September 26, 2019
Since this blew up quite a bit:
1/ Adults can be just as bad as babies.
2/ Empathy is important and every situation is different.
3/ Where babies sit can be one of many indicators that help travelers plan flights.
Ultimately, there are more important things to worry about.— Rahat Ahmed ✈️ Singapore (@dequinix) September 26, 2019
Japan Airlines introduced tool showing where infants are in flights, so others can avoid crying babies. How about a map for drunks, rude folk or too-friendly loud talkers? Or one for fat folk (like me), so people will avoid me and give me more space. #utpol— Lee Davidson (@LeeDavi49903322) September 26, 2019
If only they’d include men who wear flip-flops!
Japan Airlines introduces new seat map that shows where toddlers will be sitting on the flight https://t.co/vyu604Hffv— Chad Lowe (@ichadlowe) September 27, 2019