January 8, 2012

Airline Passengers Can Choose Seat Partners Based on Social Media Profiles

AND NOW some airlines are letting passengers choose who they sit next to on their flight. KL's new "Meet and Seat" service will enable passengers to access their fellow travelers' LinkedIn and Facebook profiles.

The Meet and Seat service will allow passengers to choose their in-flight neighbors based on their occupation, mutual interests and appearance. By connecting to LinkedIn and Facebook during online check-in, passengers will be able to pick their ideal seat buddy, although both parties will have to choose to participate in the service. KLM believes it will provide an opportunity for networking, though other reports suggest it's more likely to be used as a matchmaking tool.

Malaysia Airline's has a similar service called MHBuddy but it is based only on Facebook.

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