Travelers Can Select Seatmates

    A picture shows the economy seating of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet at the Dublin International airport in Dublin, Ireland on January 26, 2012. As part of the Boeing 787 Dream Tour, Boeing brought the 787 Dreamliner to Dublin Airport to give key aviation finance leaders attending the 14th Annual European Airfinance Conference in Dublin the opportunity to see the airplane first hand.  AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fear no more, chatty traveler. A new service has begun to offer travelers the option of picking their seatmates on Facebook or LinkedIn prior to their flight. Dutch airline KLM began testing the program, called Meet and Seat, earlier this month. It allows ticket-holders to share details from their social-media profiles to allow other passengers to choose them as a potential business contact, friend or—who knows!—potential lover. The program has caught on from a similar one used by Malaysia Airlines called MHBuddy, introduced last year. In 2010, a program called Planely allowed users to submit their itineraries and look at one another’s social-media profiles. Additionally, Meet and Seat allows travelers to move seats if they don’t like who has chosen to sit next to them.

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