Japan Airlines (JAL) has launched a new online booking tool that will help passengers avoid getting a seat next to or close to toddlers.
The tool shows a child icon where children aged between eight days and two years old have reserved their seats, notifying other passengers who are still selecting their preferred seats.
While it may help flyers avoid being stuck next to a crying baby, JAL pointed out that the new feature will not guarantee that they will be out of earshot of a screaming child.
The child icon will not appear if passengers book their flight through a third-party site or if they are part of a group tour, the airline's website said. It added that this would also be the case for last-minute changes of the aircraft, The Guardian reports.
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Aside from JAL, competitor All Nippon Airways also offers the same feature for customers. According to an All Nippon Airways spokeswoman, its seat maps display the seats where children are sitting "for a while."
JAL and other airlines haven't come up with a way to predict where serial snorers or passengers who fully recline their seats during in-flight meals will be sitting, according to the British online newspaper.
The airline's move earned praise on social media.
"Thank you, @JAL_Official_jp for warnings me about where babies plan to scream and yell during a 13-hour trip," Twitter-user and businessman Rahat Ahmed said. He added that the feature should "really ought to be mandatory across the board."
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But not everyone seems to appreciate the idea, as other social media users criticized travelers who are intolerant of their fellow passengers.
"They are babies, as we all once were," one user said. "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."