Selecting a travel partner on air

Fri, 02 Mar 2012

A Dutch airline is offering a new service called Meat and Seat, that allows their travellers to pick who they want to sit next to during their flight.

KLM are piloting the software on three of their international routes which lets customers upload their facebook or linkedin profiles and allows users to view other profiles so that passengers can choose who they want to sit next to.

Malaysian Airlines has a facility that informs passengers if any of their companions are on the same plane.

Stuart Miles of gadget website Pocket Lint, said: "It's a brilliant idea. It would allow me to arrange 'chance' meetings with people if I want to network - or avoid annoying people. I hope more airlines start using it."

Erik Varwijk, managing director in charge of passenger business at KLM, said: "For at least 10 years, there has been this question about serendipity and whether you could improve the chances of meeting someone interesting onboard but the technology just wasn't available until now."

The Meet and Seat service is currently available flights between Amsterdam and New York, San Francisco and Sao Paulo.

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