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posted by Blake Ansley in Travel

KLM's Meet & Seat program: creepy or genius?

February 27, 2012

Over Winter Break, I had the opportunity to attend UGA's bowl game against Michigan State. (We'll leave out the tragic final score and just say that a good time was had by all.)  As someone whose traveling is usually limited to lonely four hour drives to and from North Carolina, I was more than excited for my flights between Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL.

As I arrived to my gate, it appeared that I had missed the memo that the entire plane was to wear green and white.  My flight to Charlotte apparently connected to Detroit, Michigan; meaning I would be surrounded by cocky Michigan State fans the entire flight back.  I kid you not when I say there was a "GO GREEN! GO WHITE!" chant going on for the ENTIRETY of the boarding process.  One fan got up and screamed the final score into the flight attendant's speaker.

The entire flight I just kept thinking, "there has got to be another Georgia fan somewhere on here." I could feel Mark Richt shaking his head in disgrace as I sat silently with my forehead glued to the window.

Had I been on a KLM flight, I could have avoided some of the in-flight isolation. 

Dutch carrier KLM has began testing a program called "Meet and Seat."  The program allows ticket-holders to upload details from their online profiles to be used in selecting seatmates. Flight choices are no longer limited to pretzels or peanuts or window to aisle. Passengers can now choose to avoid the crying 8 year old or the chatty mom of 6 who thinks you look "just like" her "little Jessie."

The only string attached is that you have to share your information in order to recieve other's.  Any person that you reserve a seat next to will recieve details of your profile.

Had I had this information, I could have "called the dawgs" at least once on my way to Charlotte.

To read more about the "Meet and Seat" program, check out http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/window-aisle-seatmate/

Would you be willing to share your personal information in order to be seated by someone you're "compatable" with? How do you feel about other passengers checking out you're profile? Does anyone else feel like this could be the adult equivalent of getting picked last in dodgeball?

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