February 13th, 2012
So, you sat next to the most gorgeous specimen on your recent cross-country/ocean flight... and you actually hit it off. But at the last moment your courage gave in and you didn't ask for his/her email address, surname (for Facebook) or phone number. It's okay, we all get faint-hearted in the face of a great romance.
Well, good news! According to msnbc Travel, the internet has just the solution for you in the form of WeMetOnAPlane.com. While sites such as Flights from Hell are filled with stories about the worst sort of seatmates, this site aims to reconnect long-lost lovers.
It was created by Will Scully-Power, the co-founder of a marketing analytics company in Sydney, Australia, who met his current girlfriend on a flight from Thailand to Malaysia. While these two lovebirds did exchange email addresses before parting ways, he suspected that many other travelers skip that step and go home with a "what if?" feeling.
And he was right.
Quoted on msnbc, Scully-Power explained: "After analyzing Google's search data, we found over 4,000 people were searching daily for someone they'd met on a plane. Yet there was no website or service availability to help facilitate a reconnection."
How it works
Travelers seeking to reconnect with a seatmate can either post their story and hope that the cute seatmate spots it, or search the site for a seatmate's story using a flight number, year, month, date, origin or destination. If a reply is posted, the site sends out an alert. There's also an option to spread the word using Facebook and Twitter.
The site was launched in early January, and so far Scully-Power has collected about a dozen stories, but no romantic reconnections have been made. But, WeMetOnAPlane is young and there's lots of room to grow.
Ever had an in-transit romance of your own? Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication or tell us in the comment section below.