TV host spots huge problem with airline's seating plan

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A British television host and journalist has highlighted a major flaw in an airline's seat booking system, warning it could be abused by “perverts”.

Presenter Matthew Wright unleashed on Japan Airlines while appearing on breakfast show This Morning for its ‘baby map’ tool, which allows passengers to choose how close to a child they sit on their flight.

The system, which was implemented back in 2019, shows where children aged under two will be seated.

TV presenter Matthew Wright appearing on breakfast show This Morning. Source: This Morning
TV presenter Matthew Wright slammed the system while appearing on breakfast show This Morning, warning it could be abused by “perverts”. Source: This Morning

Wright said while the tool might be convenient for some travellers, it also poses a potential “disaster” and could expose children to “perverts”.

This Morning host Holly Willoughby described the system as the “perfect solution” for travellers who would rather not be seated near young children.

“Do you see a problem? I can see a problem,” Mr Wright quickly responded.

A screenshot of the system, which was launched back in 2019 and indicates where children aged under two will be seated. Source: This Morning
The system, which was launched back in 2019, is an online booking tool that indicates where children aged under two will be seated. Source: This Morning

“Let’s say you’re a pervert, and you want to spend 12 hours talking to children," he continued.

“You want to spend 12 hours on a long haul flight, talking to a child, you can go on Japanese Airlines, find out where the child is, book a seat next to them. It’s an absolute disaster. A disaster.”

Shocked viewers slam 'baby map'

His comments stunned viewers, who swiftly took to social media to slam the seat booking system. 

“For the kids on a plane story, Matthew’s not wrong but, can’t say that’s where my mind went,” one person wrote on Twitter.

TV presenter Matthew Wright appearing on breakfast show This Morning. Source: This Morning
Stunned viewers swiftly flooded social media with comments, praising Wright for pointing out the huge problem. Source: This Morning

Another added: “Matthew, that was quite extreme but true.”

“Well done for pointing it out. Shocking..” another agreed.

“Well said” and “excellent point” others said.

The airline’s feature attracted praise from social media users when it was launched.

”“Thank you for warning me about where babies plan to scream and yell during a 13-hour trip,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“This really ought to be mandatory across the board.”

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