Linky Love #3: Lets Get Social at 30,000 Feet
Okay, you made it on the airplane and found your seat. You are settled in, bags away and ready to go. You notice that you are the only one seated currently in your row and you know no one on the flight. You watch people walk by, awkwardly making eye contact with them wondering if they are the seated next to you. You secretly hope it isn’t someone who smells or talks your ear off so you sit there, anxiously waiting. I know we have all experienced this before, and it can be a very awkward plane ride depending on who ends up sitting next to you.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has a proposed solution to this problem. They have made it possible for their customers to become friends with their fellow air travelers before even stepping on the plane through a program called “Meet & Seat“. Through linking their Facebook or Linkedin profiles, fliers can pick seat mates, make friends, see who else is attending the same conference, etc before they even step foot in the airport. This is taking social media to a whole other level and they are the first to integrate social media into their normal flight process.
I am anxious to see how this works out for KLM and if people will actually feel comfortable using the program. I personally wouldn’t use it because I feel that it might make for an awkward situation when we both come into contact on the plane. I also wouldn’t want to take the time to participate in a program like this because it almost seems like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I would rather sit and anxiously wait to see who sits next to me and pray that it isn’t someone gross or annoying. After all, it’s just a plane ride.