The people next to you on your next plane flight. Imagine that? You’re no longer going to be able to go incognito on that one hour jumper plane, or that 13 hour international flight. Well according to a couple articles I read KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is going to make that possible. They’re developing what they call a social seating tool, called “meet seat”, that is set to debut next year (no specific date). It is slated to work with Facebook and Linkedin, but not Twitter and it will be opt-in only.
This is a really interesting concept. The social space definitely has been and will continue to be the wave of the future and taking it to air travel space seems logical.
I’ve been a pretty frequent traveler this year with lots of cross country five hour trips. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. On one hand it’d be nice to know who’s sitting next to you. It could start a conversation, would definitely help with personal / professional networking and it could even start romantic relationships. On the other hand I may not want to chat up the person next to me and I may not want them to know who I am. Sometimes I just want to sleep. I’m sure it’ll be a while before lots of airlines catch on with this concept so I’m sure we won’t have to worry about this.
What do you think? Want to be friends with your seat neighbors before getting on a flight?