Frequent flyers know there are plenty of things that can be off-putting on a flight: the middle seat, nosey passengers, the freezing AC, or even a crying infant on a long-haul flight.

If you’re not the biggest fan of babies, sitting next to a crying baby can be hell. Well, Japan Airlines has heard your plea.

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The airline has announced a ‘baby map‘, a tool that helps you avoid infants when you’re booking your seats. According to the airline’s website, 

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.

However, this map isn’t completely foolproof. Japan Airlines cautions that the baby map will not display child icons in certain situations. It only works for bookings made through the JAL website and icons will not display if there is a change in aircraft. 

While this sounds like a blessing for the baby-averse folks, but then there’s always people who think there are bigger problems than a screaming baby. 

While people decide whether this is a good thing or not, only time will tell the merit of this new feature.