Mile high meet-ups: there’s an app for that
A new survey of international travellers by Skyscanner has found that 39% of travellers have formed new friendships on a flight, with a cheeky 6% who have even shared a romantic liaison with someone they met onboard.
The poll of over 700 flyers found while the majority of these connections were short lived, 5% spent time on holiday together as a direct result of meeting on a flight and 7% stayed in touch after their holiday.
It would seem social media is beginning to have an impact on these types of relationships, with 3% staying in touch with someone they met on a flight via an online social network. Perhaps looking to expand on this trend, Dutch national carrier KLM have launched a new Facebook app which allows passengers to enter their flight details before choosing who they sit next to onboard.
Almost 60 per cent (58%) of respondents thought the service was 'weird' and said they would not be using it, but one in five said they would use the app and an inquisitive 23% would also consider using the service.
Skyscanner's Travel Editor, Sam Baldwin said: "It's clear that many travellers want to make more of their travel experience than simply getting from A to B, and our findings show that on-board friendships and romances are now quite common. Part of the fun of travelling is meeting people, and of course this can start on the flight itself!"
Despite the app being dubbed the 'Mile High app', the Skyscanner survey suggests that friendship is a far more likely outcome than true love, with only 2% experiencing a mid-flight fling that led to a lasting relationship.
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