. Latvian Airline Launches Flight Buddy |

Jun 05 2012

Latvian Airline Launches World-First Flight Buddies

Published by at 10:00 am under Oddly Enough

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-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 not however be given the option of banning anyone from sitting next to them.

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.

There is something genius here, but there is also something extremely dangerous. I haven’t quite figured out either. I’ll admit (my mind is always in the gutter) I thought this was like a Match.com thing like the airline would give you a snuggle buddy and people would be joining the mile-high club at a record level. What do you guys think? Are we looking at making friends for life or an increase rate of fights on flights?

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