Inspired by a flight where he found himself happily seated next to Miss Texas, Peter Shankman set up AirTroductions to give travelers a chance to choose their seatmates.
"It is for anyone who travels who does not want to have to deal with the psychological hell of sitting 2 inches from someone you don't know for eight hours," he said.
To use AirTroductions, travelers register online, listing personal details in a profile. When they post their traveling itineraries, the registry provides information on other people taking the same flights. The registry is free until a user opts to contact a fellow traveler for a $5 fee. Typically, they meet in an airport, where they can arrange to sit together, Shankman said.
Nearly 4,500 people have enrolled, although only about 60 have made matches since the registry kicked off last fall, he said.
Monday, January 30, 2006
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