Love in the Time of Tinder

by Alyssa Daniells
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It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Quite literally, since we’re talking about finding love in the sky.

If you want more than an airplane to sweep you off your feet, there are options! From social seating, to airport hookup phone apps, the friendly skies just got friendlier.

Swipe Right to Meet Mr. Right

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If you’re looking for love online, you can broaden your search at the airport. Make use of your idle wait time, especially during icy February’s flight delays.  No longer do you have to be on high alert for an attractive single in the airport lounge. If you notice the telltale “swipe” action as they browse Tinder’s dating profile inventory, that person might be available, but this sounds too complicated and let’s be honest, creepy.  You could aimlessly wander the Duty-Free, staring at giant Toblerone bars and miniature perfume bottles, but what’s the point when you’re not buying Valentine gifts?

Lucky for you, there are Tinder-like dating apps made especially for the traveller. Among the apps are AirDates, Btrfly and Wingman. All free downloads, single travellers share their flight itineraries to enjoy in-flight flirting and possible dates when they’ve landed. Of course, people aren’t ruling out the Mile High Club either.

Join the Mile High Club


This infamous “club” is the stuff that air travel legends are made of, but as any flight attendant will tell you, plenty of passengers gain entry (no pun intended). An internet search shows that three to fifteen percent of flyers have engaged in some in-flight funny business. According to Skyscanner, the Brits get busy in the bathroom the most, followed by the Aussies, Germans, French and Brazilians.

Mile High Club-action mainly happens on relatively empty, long-haul flights. Mix time to drink alcohol, with a dimmed overnight cabin, and it’s the perfect setting to “skip to the loo.”

While no airline out there encourages pairing off in the washroom line (and for the record, neither do we), some offer advanced seat selection, based on common interests. This type of social seating is perfect for making love connections in flight.

Going Dutch

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Dutch airline KLM introduced its “Meet and Seat” program in 2012, and it’s lasted longer than most Hollywood marriages. Passengers may share their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and view those of others, to select a seat beside someone who piques their interest. Available on select KLM routes, the airline allows guests to control which aspects of their profile are revealed, which is removed 48 hours post-flight.

According to the KLM website, Meet and Seat “lets you find out about interesting people who will be on board your KLM flight.” The carrier says this information will let you see if “other passengers are attending the same event as you at your destination.” Positioned as a helpful networking tool, the fact that Meet and Seat is only available for one-passenger bookings suggests romantic implications. That’s right; your seat mate could be your soul mate.

The Buddy System

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Before Malaysia Airlines underwent a re-branding a few years ago, it offered MHBuddy. This paired up single flyers, who downloaded the MHBuddy Facebook app. With a slightly more limited scope than KLM’s social seating, passengers were notified of Facebook friends, or friends of friends, on their flight. This pioneering program paved the (run)way for other social seating platforms.

Love at First Flight

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Aerosvit Airlines was the first to use SeatID. This platform enables guests to investigate who is on which flight, then book accordingly. Participation is completely optional. When using a website that offers SeatID, those who opt-in get information on fellow passengers, gathered from social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. SeatID is used in hotel bookings as well.

Satisfly is another social seating system (with a great name!) It allows passengers to submit what mood they are in: business talk, easy chat, work or relaxing. Satisfly facilitates like-minded people meeting, but it’s more about customer satisfaction with the in-flight experience.

Date While You Wait


Websites like, allow you to create a profile to share your travel details and, as that particular site blatantly states, meet potential dates. One wonders if instead of filling out travel dates on the booking calendar, you simply write, “Yes, please!” to going on a travel date.

Playing the (Air)field

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To quote George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air, “Last year I spent 322 days on the road, which means I had to spend 43 miserable days at home.” For those frequent flyers, social seating provides the opportunity to meet others in the same boat (or in this case, plane.)

Participating airlines emphasize the networking aspect of social seating. There are different levels of social integration, but the matchmaking potential is always there.

Of course, you don’t have to rely on technology to end up on cloud nine. Plenty of lovebirds met at the airport without these innovations. There’ something romantic about airports and the anticipation of jetting off somewhere exciting. The arrivals area is also pretty sexy. After all, everyone there is coming.

Happy Valentine’s Day, may you fly off into the sunset on the wings of love! (Or not.)


You don’t have to be the next in line to join the Mile High Club. Why not be the next in line for one of our travel deals? You can connect with us online, visit us in-store, or reach us by calling 1-877-967-5302.



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