Airline lets Vancouver Passengers Choose Seatmates on Facebook

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If you fly often enough, chances are you’ve had the seatmate from Hell:  the guy who won’t stop talking; the baby that won’t stop crying; the little old lady who insists on showing you each and every photo of her 11 Pomeranians.

But what if you could turn the tables?  What if you could preview your potential seatmates in advance and choose one you actually like?

That’s the idea behind an unique initiative recently launched by KLM airlines called Meet & Seat.  Passengers in certain test markets, including Vancouver, have the option of using Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to select the seatmate of their dreams.

Brilliant? Creepy? Crazy?  Let us know what you think below.

Here’s how it works.

After you buy your ticket, you’re prompted to select a seat.  When the flight’s seating chart comes up, you can see which other passengers have submitted their profiles and where they’re seated.  Then you can actually click on those passengers and access details of their LinkedIn and Facebook profiles that they’ve opted to share.

But of course it works both ways.  In order to use Meet & Seat, you have to have an account with Facebook or LinkedIn.  And you also have to grant your fellow passengers access to information in your profiles.

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So will it actually work?  Most people I know just want to have a peaceful, quiet flight with as few interruptions or conversations as possible.  They’re don’t see air travel as a social occasion, and they’re not looking to make a new BFF.  Of course, I suppose you could also use the service to weed out talkative salesmen, cranky babies and chatty grandmas.  Or – if you’re looking for love at 30,000 feet – I guess you could even think of it as a kind of computer dating.

Thus far, 1,100 people have registered for the program, which is being tested on 34 routes, including flights through Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.  You can change your seatmate as many times as you want, up to 48 hours before the flight — just in case your soulmate happens to log in.

Would you like to pick your seatmate using Facebook?  Let us know!

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6 Responses to Airline lets Vancouver Passengers Choose Seatmates on Facebook

  1. Rex

    Love the creativity involved! Ticketmaster started doing that as well, and I think it is absolutely fine. You have the choice of exposing your seats or keep it private. Gotta start doing things outside the box.

    • I didn’t realize this was available for Ticketmaster, as well. Thanks for the tip.

  2. nadia

    i think it’s a fabulous idea – truthfully I did think it was creepy at first but I signed up for it and it’s great!

    • Thanks, Nadia. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

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