Passengers will be able to choose their travel buddy

The days of having to suffer a long flight stuck next to a passenger with whom you don’t get on could soon be over as more and more airlines move towards social seating plans.

As there’s nothing worse than sitting down next to a screaming child who won’t let you finish your important presentation or being a sociable person and getting stuck next to someone who only wants to sleep, several airlines are already trying to customise in-flight seating.

Malaysia Airlines offers a MHbuddy Facebook app which lets you book flights with friends and check in directly on Facebook, see the picture and seat number of friends travelling on the same flight as you and meet up with friends who will be at your destination.

KLM offers a similar service that also incorporates LinkedIn, while airBaltic is now offering a seat selector based on personality type.

In the future, airlines may even dedicate whole sections of their aircraft to those who want to work/sleep/chat – revolutionising long-haul travel.

Written by Ruth Norris

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