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Social Networking on Airline Flights

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000187714D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Sep-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Sep-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Flights can be very boring and uneventful, especially when traveling alone. Sometimes you end up sitting next to an interesting person that you have a great conversation with. Time seems to go by much faster and the flight is much more enjoyable. Maybe you even end up making new friends. Unfortunately you never know who will end up sitting next to you. The idea is to have a system in place that allows the traveler to specify if he/she would like to participate in social networking. This way the traveler has better control over who gets seated next to him/her.

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Social Networking on Airline Flights

If the traveler is interested in social networking, then he/she has to specify an area of interest. For example, when traveling to a different country, the traveler might want to meet a local from that country. That local could tell the traveler about his/her country, give recommendations about things to do, and maybe they even become friends. If the traveler is a business person, maybe he/she wants to meet other business travelers who are in the same or maybe a different business to make new contacts. Or maybe the traveler is interested in meeting someone from the opposite sex. This way the social networking system would work as a dating service.

Since airlines are currently in a lot of trouble because of rising oil prices, they could implement this system and charge extra for it. Or they could make it free in an effort to make flying more attractive and interesting to many people. If a person expresses interest in participating in social networking and there are enough people with the same interest(s), then the airline has to make sure that those people get seated next to each other.

This system could be extended to busses and trains. The system could be useful for any type of extended ride for which seats are assigned. Even restaurants could implement the system. For example, many business travelers go to restaurants alone because they don't know anybody in a new city in which they a...