Some restaurants and stores have a free bi-weekly paper called The Laughable News. It is one legal size sheet of paper with amusing stories and puzzles on both sides with local advertising in the sidebars. This story is the lead story and made Bill and I shake our heads and then smile at the final comment. KLM's partnership with Facebook is true by the way, this isn't a joke.
Facebook Before You Fly - Creepy or Cool?
KLM has really adopted the idea of social media like no other airline. In a surprise move, KLM passengers will soon be able to pick who they want to sit next to by viewing their Facebook profile.
The pilot program is being praised for those people who are sick of being stuck next to crying babies or odd passengers - or for those simply looking for mile-high love.
The airline announced its plans to start a "meet and seat" service this year that will link travelers' Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to their check-in information.
Of course, you can see the trouble already. A beautiful lady pickers her seat as 3C, avoiding the creepy dude in 9D. But after she books, along comes an "extra creepy" dude who can't believe his luck. He books himself into 3B. So does the lady in 3C get to monitor who books after her? If so, she'll quickly dodge a bullet and move to 17A. But lets face it, she won't be safe...another creepy dude will just pop into her world.
So what options are there? Will KLM only seat "Friends" next to you? Well, unless you constantly drag a group of your best friends along, it seems unlikely. Another option would be to let you "block" all passengers you view as "creepy", not allowing them to see your profile, or sit next to you.
I can see it now. Soon the whole plane will be a sea of anonymous users, because no one will want other people stalking them. You'll roll the dice, pick a seat, and you'll find yourself stuck next to that crying baby.