Watch out for the crying babies!
There is this feeling that people only like their own babies and do not want to sit close to any other toddler or infant as their continuous crying and wailing often irks them on flights. Now, in order to curb this, Japan Airlines (JAL) have introduced a baby mapping tool on their online booking facility which will indicate where toddlers will be seated for passengers to choose their seats accordingly.
As per the carrier’s website, passengers travelling with kids aged between eight days to two years, choose their seat following which a baby icon will appear on the seat selected by them. Now, since people do realize the difficulty of being seated next to a screaming infant, what this icon will essentially do is help other passengers to select their seating accordingly and as per their convenience.
Now, as per The Guardian, the baby icon will not be flashed if people book their tickets via a third-party app or if they belong to a tour group.
The new feature hogged all the headlines when traveller Rahat Ahmed shared a picture of the mapping tool on Twitter.”Thank you, @JAL_Official_jp for warning me about where babies plan to scream and yell during a 13-hour trip. This really ought to be mandatory across the board,” read his tweet.
All Nippon, which is another Japanese airline, came up with a baby mapping tool for a while but had to rescind this feature despite the fact that it did earn a lot of praise on social media. It should be mentioned here that this feature also saw people chastising it for being insensitive and intolerant.
Some of the reactions read:
- Adults can be just as bad as babies.
- Empathy is important and every situation is different.
- Where babies sit can be one of many indicators that help travellers plan flights. Ultimately, there are more important things to worry about.