KLM has officially launched its 'Meet & Seat' tool, allowing passengers to pick a seatmate using social media.

The Dutch carrier confirmed February 3 that passengers on select flights are now able to use the tool after linking their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts to the KLM.com website.

After 'sharing' their profile so that other passengers can read about them, Meet & Seat users can go through a seat map which shows the profiles of all of the passengers on board that have enabled the tool.

Flyers can then choose a seat next to somebody they like the look of, up to 48 hours before departure, KLM says.

It is only available for single-passenger bookings and currently works only on flights between Amsterdam and New York, San Francisco or Sao Paulo, although the airline says it is working on making the technology available on other flights soon.

Although several commentators raised privacy concerns after Meet & Seat was first revealed in December, KLM appears to have tried to address the issue as much as possible -- users can change the amount of personal information that is displayed, for instance, and can also opt-out of the service after joining, returning them to the status of anonymous passenger again.


Source: KLM


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