If you're like me and you would like a way to not be stuck next to the crying baby on a long flight, KLM's developing a social network that might help you meet that need. According to TechCrunch, the social network is called 'Meet and Seat', and will connect to passengers' Facebook and LinkedIn accounts (not Twitter) to make seat pairings. The tool is opt-in only, but KLM hasn't confirmed if both passengers have to accept the seat pairing for it to actually happen. 'Meet and Seat' is confirmed to launch, next year.
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The social network, of course, has its set of skeptics, with one such skeptic, USA Today, commenting on the associated possibilities of in-flight dating, which could make for a” flight from hell”. Passengers too, will need time to warm up to the idea that strangers will be able to see their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, and not Twitter accounts where most people are not afraid to keep their accounts unprotected.
Malaysian Airlines may have had the better solution to the social-seating predicament where they launched a service where passengers can check-in and choose their seats on the airline's Facebook page. Passengers would also be able to see if any of their friends are on their flights. This service, however, could still leave you stuck next to the crying baby on your flight.