by Seyi Lawal
Have you ever been on a plane and apart from hoping that you land safely; you find yourself also whispering a quick prayer that the people going to sit next (and close) to you are hot and interesting.
According to an AFP report, getting trapped in a boring conversation with a fellow passenger aboard a plane could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a world’s first flight buddy system developed by Latvia’s national airline.
Baltic flag-carrier airBaltic’s new “SeatBuddy” scheme aims to sit like-minded fliers next to each other. “We’re the first in the world to offer this,” airBaltic spokesman Janis Vanags told AFP, adding that passengers will, however, not be given the option of banning anyone from sitting next to them.
Here is how the process works:
Passengers can choose from three preferred “flight moods” according to whether they want to get on with work, make new business contacts or simply not be bothered by someone’s droning voice for the duration of the flight, AFP reports.
The service is optional and free and can also take into account any hobbies or interests fellow-travellers might share, ensuring that football fans or potato farmers get adjacent seats and the chance to chat from take-off to landing.
Customer information is collected in a secure database and the closest match available on the same flight is identified automatically without disclosing passenger identity or any personal data.