Flying Around The World Could Get A Lot More Social This Fall

trains, flight, couple

Photo: Flickr / kk+

Even without any confirmed partners, SeatID is poised to change the way we book tickets for concerts, flights and perhaps everything else. The Israel-based service, set to launch in September, connects users via social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. People can opt in or out, as they would with any service. 

To book flights, customers log in to the site, search for tickets, then check to see who else is travelling. Airlines can play the “upgrade” card, while travellers might be surprised at who turns up.

Interestingly, the site uses an algorithm to remember the “qualities” of the person you sat with—and avoided. For example, not sitting next to colleagues would tip off the site that you’re just not that into them and save this for future reference. 

“Personally, I think it’s a horrendous idea—it seems like a gimmick,” an airline insider in Hong Kong told CNN Go’s James Durston

Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how airlines respond. We expect more incentives to crop up along the way. 

SEE ALSO: Poor carpenter builds an incredible treehouse in the wilds of Canada > 

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.