Kimberly still remembers Simon, the handsome Australian she sat next to on a flight from New York To Los Angeles three years ago.
“I had a terrible time getting to the airport and getting through security – I barely made my flight,” says the 34-year-old teacher from New Jersey. So it was truly rewarding when she sat next to “a tall, handsome guy with dark hair and blue eyes.” Kimberly struck up a conversation – and they chatted on and off during the cross-country flight, but never got around to exchanging contact info. “I still regret it to this day,” she says.
If Sharon had only known about We Met On A Plane, an online portal for missed (flight) connections. Designed to help you find and connect with that special someone you encountered beyond security, users can type in their flight date, number and destination and share a story of who they met on the plane, or search to see if someone has been searching for them. Posts feed into the site’s Facebook page. If you were on a Jan. 4 flight on Austrian Airlines from Vienna, Austria, to Brussels, Belgium, someone’s searching for you right now!
Why not take it one step further, and arrange your own chance encounter? MileHi app encourages flyers to socialize and network with others who share their interests, even before your check your luggage. After downloading the app and making a profile, put in your destination details. You can then see other member profiles who are on the flight and send messages if you feel they’d be a match. And while MileHi’s founder Richard Lloyd told Business Traveller that the app is great for people seeking to meet up with fellow flyers attending the same work-related events, it could be used for the kinky love connection that bears its name.
Can the airport really be a spot for meeting the man of your dreams?
“Of course! I’m for any unique way of making connections. The more opportunities and proactive you are, the better your chances to find the right guy,” says Fran Greene. “Oftentimes you’re traveling by yourself, and it takes up a lot of time, so why not use it wisely?”
Fran advises you make “safety your number one priority,” just as you would with any connection started on social media.
And don’t be surprised if conversation flows freely. “You’re unburdened by real life as you escape on your adventure, and you’re excited about the possibilities that await at your arrival, so you may seem more willing to disclose things about yourself,” Fran shares. “Part of that may be because you don’t think you’re going to see the person again.”
But then again, isn’t that what airplanes are for?
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