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Airline Tests Mood-Based Seating: Smart or Silly?

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Any time you buy tickets for a plane flight, unless your family reserves an entire row, you're putting yourself at great risk. We're not talking about the plane going down -- the odds of that happening are absurdly low. But the odds of sitting next to someone you don't want to sit next to are much, much worse. That's why airBaltic is experimenting with a mood-based seating system, to give passengers a chance to narrow down their seating buddies.

According to The New York Daily News, "SeatBuddy" gives passengers four different "flight moods" to choose from: business talk, easy chat, work, and relax. A seating algorithm then takes those choices into account when assigning seats. The program also offers optional detailed matching by age, language, career, interests, etc. It's like a temporary social media profile, just for that flight. Does it sound like something you'd want to try?


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  • Sunny 2012/06/11 18:48:08
    Silly
    Sunny
    Sometimes you just have to buck up and deal. It is impossible to make everyone happy.
  • Deborah Donnison 2012/06/11 18:26:45
    Silly
    Deborah Donnison
    Sounds like this will just raise the price of ticket even more.
    I prefere to pick a particular SEAT, not a person.
  • Deborah... Deborah... 2012/06/11 18:46:22
    Deborah Donnison
    +1
    To add...sounds like social class dividing to me. The middle class over here, the poor over there, the badly dressed in another section. As for the rich, they are all up in first class anyway.
  • IvoryPauline 2012/06/11 18:19:37
    Smart
    IvoryPauline
    +1
    I'd rather be by a happy person than a pissed off one... :)
  • Maddog 2012/06/11 18:13:26
    Smart
    Maddog
    +1
    This sounds good in theory, but it remains to be seen how well it will work. I personally hate traveling on commercial airlines and prefer to fly my own airplane, whenever possible. On the rare occasion when I do fly on a major airline, I seem to always get stuck between two seriously overweight passengers who spill over onto my seat.

    fat passengers
  • Deborah... Maddog 2012/06/11 18:30:23
    Deborah Donnison
    I have NEVER been seated next to an overweight person. And I HAVE to use commercial airlines, because I don't have the money for my OWN PLANE.
  • Maddog Deborah... 2012/06/11 19:42:37
    Maddog
    What's your point?
  • aleksan... Maddog 2012/06/11 22:48:23
    aleksandr savchenkov
    her point is that........ wait............ hold on................. DAMN.................this is going to be a long search.
  • Maddog aleksan... 2012/06/12 19:22:00
    Maddog
    Her use of caps seems to indicate that she's having a hissy fit about something in my post. She sounds like a thoroughly unpleasant person. Probably one of those so-called progressives.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/06/11 18:11:48
    Smart
    MOMMA THOMAS
    I SURE DON'T WANT TO SIT BY SOMEONE WHO'S IN A BAD MOOD, ....ESPECIALLY IF THE TRIP IS A LONG ONE!
  • Dana 2012/06/11 18:02:19
    Smart
    Dana
    +1
    Very smart!!! Love progress and this is a super sharp idea. Paying as much as you do for a flight, it would be great to sit w/ like minded people.
  • Deborah... Dana 2012/06/11 18:33:26
    Deborah Donnison
    What if they charged you even more for your ticket because of the increase in staff, computers and software that would be required to pull this off ? Then would you want it?
  • Dana Deborah... 2012/06/11 18:52:07
    Dana
    +1
    Don't think it is an increase in staff... it is simply part of the computer program... they already ask you questions, and this would be another. Not that big of a deal... really nothing to get all uptight about and maybe it would save time and money! The flight stewards would not have to try and move people around who are bitching and complaining, and the mood on the plane would be more peaceful for all. Called progress... not bad, but good.
  • Dan Hood 2012/06/11 17:48:46
    Smart
    Dan Hood
    +2
    It looks great on paper, now let's see how it is in practice.
  • Edbert 2012/06/11 17:30:46
    Silly
    Edbert
    I flew last weekend. The flight was 34 minutes but I was in line for the TSA for over 90 minutes, people were missing flights all over the place and TSA just didn't care.

    The news is that they are putting EVERYONE through the naked scanners now. I clearly recall them saying that only a 10% random sample would be subjected to it. So you can do the simple math of adding the 10X increase in time, it is like pouring a gallon of water through a straw.
  • Deborah... Edbert 2012/06/11 18:37:46
    Deborah Donnison
    boy o' boy...sounds like you could have driven there faster than... driving to the airport, parking, standing in line, checking in, getting scanned, waiting to board, waiting for takeoff, and then all the crap you go through to get out of the airport.
  • bluedragon30120 2012/06/11 17:29:30
    Smart
    bluedragon30120
    +1
    May need some fine tuneing
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/06/11 17:17:47
    Silly
    Elaine Magliacane
    +4
    Until the TSA goons stop groping passengers, I have no intention of flying anywhere.
  • Deborah... Elaine ... 2012/06/11 18:38:54
    Deborah Donnison
    Me, either...unless it's absolutly necessary...like a death in the family.
  • alex 2012/06/11 17:01:52
    Smart
    alex
    +4
    Put me next to a hot guy then!! Please and thank u
  • elvira 2012/06/11 17:01:05
    Smart
    elvira
    +1
    If you have to take a long flight, you might as well be sitting next to someone with the same frame of mind.
  • andrew.pullman1 2012/06/11 16:53:00
    Smart
    andrew.pullman1
    Both
  • bobdid 2012/06/11 16:40:15
    Smart
    bobdid
    +1
    It can make a flight much more pleasant if you don't have to sit next to somone in a mood to gab when you're in a mood to sleep or work. It would be nice to add the ability to avoid sitting next to a 300+ pounder occuping a single seat in coach, but that's asking too much.
  • Bunk11 2012/06/11 16:34:14
    Smart
    Bunk11
    I doubt it would work in practice, but it would be worth a try.
  • John Hall 2012/06/11 16:27:03
    Silly
    John Hall
    as of to date ive been lucky with who i sit next to.
  • nodoubt257 2012/06/11 16:21:21
    Silly
    nodoubt257
    +2
    So they want a group of PMS people sitting together rather than away from each other? Smart....real smart. Best idea yet.....lol
  • Deborah... nodoubt257 2012/06/11 18:40:19
    Deborah Donnison
    funny...yeah , they don't know what their "in for" do they ? lol
  • John Wilkinson 2012/06/11 16:05:41
    Smart
    John Wilkinson
    +1
    Sounds nice. However, my top priority is to sit by a window and at emergency exit. Seats inittle row at emergency exits have more leg room.
  • Tre 2012/06/11 16:03:45
    Smart
    Tre
    +1
    Especially for a long flight.
  • Maverick 2012/06/11 16:01:03
    Smart
    Maverick
    Social Media = Social Classification. SMART!
  • MorganRae 2012/06/11 15:58:57
    Smart
    MorganRae
    "mood-based" threw me off. It sounds really dumb by the name, but it's actually a very smart idea.
  • Deborah... MorganRae 2012/06/11 18:41:19
    Deborah Donnison
    even if it costs more money for the ticket?
  • Morgan Deborah... 2012/06/11 19:12:48
    Morgan
    I would like to point out that never said anything about a ticket price increase. It would just be part off the software that they already use.
  • MorganRae Morgan 2012/06/12 14:18:23
    MorganRae
    Yes I never thought it would be more expensive.
  • Mary Ann 2012/06/11 15:55:04
    Silly
    Mary Ann
    flying is so difficult today....I rather a meal/snack beyond the peanuts.
  • Rob Williams 2012/06/11 15:51:00
    Smart
    Rob Williams
    +1
    If it works... bloody nightmare if it doesn't!
  • Meep 2012/06/11 15:28:28
    Smart
    Meep
    This is actually really cool. I am so flying to the Baltic peninsula.
  • Steamtrain 2012/06/11 15:19:29
    Silly
    Steamtrain
    +2
    Just give me a window seat, I could care less who is sitting next to me as long as they aren't flying with their kids.
  • Morgan Steamtrain 2012/06/11 19:14:30
    Morgan
    And this it's the exact kind of thing that would prevent you from sitting next to kids.... Idiot
  • Steamtrain Morgan 2012/06/14 20:38:48
    Steamtrain
    Idiot, huh? I have been a pilot for 40 years and if that makes me an idiot, I apologize for keeping your dumb-ass safe. Had I been distracted by screaming kids, probably not so safe.

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