Love At First Flight – Revolutionizing Travel

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Written by Jeff Kosofsky

Have you ever felt like your soul mate, the person who you are destined to spend the rest of your life with, was sitting on the same airplane as you? Ok, fine, soul mate might be a bit intense- so how about a casual encounter with someone who’s conveniently in the same flying box?

The point is, it is estimated that nearly one in four people worldwide will use social networks in 2014, and of the estimated 54 million single folks in America, 41 million use online dating sites. Creative engineers have used this as fuel to build some of the most impressive…and bizarre… apps that social networking has seen to date. Applications like  buy generic lasix Wingman buy amoxicillin online uk next day delivery Planely Satisfly and Maiden Voyage have been created with this social “airspace” idea in mind.

Now, we understand the low-key airport traveler, who loves to exert as little effort as possible in the process of traveling. Having said that, there is nothing like spicing up an airport experience to start the trip off right, and Wingman, a Tinder-like app that “connects you with attractive people on your flight, all before you touch down”, might just be the tool.  Users create a profile and Wingman provides a list of potential matches on that flight. The visionary behind the app, Gabe Whaley, hopes to solve the issue of unfortunate seating arrangements that discourages a potential connection.

Similar apps are competing in the same “airspace”. Planely is a social media based service that compares Facebook and Linkedin profiles with other travelers on your specific trip. Users are paired based on mutual connections and can choose to make contact via email.

Parallel to Planely, Satisfly uses a different model to provide for curious travelers. While comparing social media profiles to match traveling partners, Satisfly allows users to select their seat partner using one of four profiles. The “privacy” option is used for work or relaxation, and the “sociable” option is for business chat or general conversation.

Needless to say, there is plenty of smart technology out there, fueled by passionate and eccentric creators. Now, instead of searching for ways to pass the time, travelers can search for true love. After all, of the 41 million online dating users, 71% of them believe in “love at first sight”.

Alex is a Content & Community Manager at [L]earned Media. Prior to joining, Alex worked in Account Management at JWT, with brands such as Tylenol, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Sudafed, Symbicort and Onglyza. Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism.

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