'Social seating' will soon allow you to select your fellow passengers....
Airlines are now using social media not only to sell tickets, but also for checkin.
KLM will soon even allow you to link your social media accounts to your reservation, and select your fellow passengers.
Think it will take off? (pun intended)
KLM scial seating helps you find your perfect fellow passenger
Dutch airlines KLM is currently developing a checking service to help you find your perfect fellow passenger based on their social media profile.
Malaysia Airlines: Booking, check-in and sharing through Facebook
The application which can be accessed from the new Malaysia Airlines Facebook page, allows Facebook’s 500 million users to
book and check-in for a flight while sharing their trip details with their social network.
Do you think the idea is to meet your future partner on a flight, fixed up by facebook, or just not spend 18 hours next to someone you hate at first sight?
If you get on the plane and there is noone sat next to you - will that mean that noone has selected to sit next to you? Won't do much for your self-esteem!!
Hah! Never gonna work. Nobody puts "Farts a lot, handsy when drunk" in their profile!
I don't really care who I sit next to on a flight as long as it isn't a mother with screaming kids or someone with a personal hygiene problem.
Personally, I would rather see the airlines working towards more realistic solutions such as forcing mothers with babies to travel in the cargo hold and the installation of pressurised hatches that allow kids who continuously kick the back of your seat or who run, screaming, up and down the aisles to be ejected from the aircraft at 40,000ft. Now that would be progress 😉
I like your version of realism.
I'd prefer the option to select those I DON'T want to sit with.
I do think it would be nice if parents traveling with kids could sit near one another. I think the kids would enjoy it.
No, I do not think social seating will take off....but we will see.
That would be a good idea. They could have a kid/creche area for families so the kids could play with each other and not disturb the non-parents.
hehe...i do agree that maybe airlines should have areas for families & kids...being a travelling parent these days 😊 but in saying that, i have the same feeling about other people and kids so we try to sit AWAY from the other parents and kids...cause those kids will either scream and wake up my quiet, sleeping soundly (lol!) kids or encourage my beautifully behaved (another lol!) kids to run amok! hmmm big catch 22. But...i would try to sit near nobody 😊)
Using fb and twitter to check in sounds awfully security risky???? Dont people hack into our fb accounts all the time, and theives break into houses when people say when they'll be away? I worked in IT with police depts for the last 10 years and this would have to be a very amusing and giant No, dont do it!
I won't be part of it - same reasons as Tam gives. I don't care who I sit with as long as they don't smell, pick their nose, snore or like the rest of you have mentioned, have kids. Im not a sociable person mid-flight, I tend to think about my iminent death whenever there is slight turbulance and absorb myself in the movies trying to forget said iminent death. Unless of course it's an Air Asia flight, in which case I'll be too preoccupied with the oaf infront of me who has just reclined his seat right back and knocked coffee all over me.
I agree with Cockle - airlines should improve their services first before trying to match make. More leg and bottom room please.
Individually, I would rather see the airlines operating towards more genuine alternatives such as pushing moms with infants to travel in the freight keep and the set up of under time limits hatches that allow children who consistently conquer the returning of your chair or who run, shouting, up and down the shelves to be thrown from the planes at 40,000ft. Now that would be progress.
Really interesting! I alway end up talking to strangers on a plane.