Never fly lonely again … at least, that’s a service that Dutch airline KLM is hoping to provide their passengers in 2012. The airline will be launching a new “Meet and Seat” tool that will allow fliers checking in online to utilize Facebook and LinkedIn to check out their fellow passengers pre-flight and pick their preferred seatmate.
Depending on the user’s interests, “Meet and Seat” could be used for a variety of different “matchmaking” motives. Whether a flier is looking to schmooze with a potential professional contact, bond over alumni connections (or a common interest) or flirt their way from point A to point B with a handsome stranger, there doesn’t seem to be any structure or restrictions to how a seatmate may be chosen.
While there will be an opt-out option for people who prefer to keep their information private, it remains to be seen if there will be an option to “reject” a potential seatmate.
Personally, this service seems like it will bring in-flight awkwardness to a whole new level. While it might be flattering to have someone hand-pick me to sit next to on a long flight, in a way it also seems borderline creepy to have a stranger know who I am and details that I only share with friends. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but part of the fun of travel is the spontaneity of finding common ground with fellow travelers.
What about you, Traveling Typers? Would you ever use social networking to find a seatmate?