Monday, December 19, 2011

Dutch Airlines Allows Passengers to Pick Seat After Looking at Other Passengers Social Media Profiles

You know how you’re always curious about who you will be sitting next to whenever you fly? It could be someone that leaves you very little elbow room, a crying baby or an individual that simply will not stop their yacking. Well, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has eliminated some of that mystery. Some people are saying that the airline has taken blind dating to the next level.

According to USA Today, KLM is developing a way that passengers can select who they want to sit by with the help of social media. The company will now be allowing their passengers to select where they want to sit by examining the social media profiles of the other passengers.

When you book your flight, you are given the option of browsing the Facebook and LinkedIn profiles of other passengers that are also on your flight. This allows you to find a seatmate that has interests similar to yours or to simply choose someone that you think is attractive. However, to be able to browse other passengers' social media profiles, the passengers must have opted to link their e-ticket to their profiles. This is not required of passengers when they buy their tickets. It is a merely an option.

Lots of people are voicing their opinions on Twitter about this new way of selecting a seat. Some people like it, while others seem to think that it is slightly creepy.
Stumac01 tweeted that it is a great way “to go 'Mile High' with the hottest girl on the flight. The power will be in your hands," he said.

However laurastott1 said, “I cannot think of anything worse than this. Matchmaking via your seat choice in-flight, more like mile-high stalking."

cklenotic simply said, "That could be a LONG flight if it doesn't work out."

Although this is a new concept for airlines, it is not their first introduction to creative uses of social media. Back in February Malaysia Airlines released a Facebook app that allows passengers to book, check-in and then search for Facebook friends that are on the same flight or are traveling to nearby destinations, all without leaving Facebook.

I think that all of it is a little bit creepy, but if people are willing to put themselves out there like that to be judged by the rest of the passengers on their flight, then that is their choice. It will be interesting to see how many people are actually willing to link their social media profile to their e-ticket.

Sources: PCMag - Dutch Airline Lets Passengers Pick Seats By Perusing Facebook Profiles and SkyNews HD - KLM To Offer Mile-High Dating Via Facebook

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Southern California May Play Home to New Harry Potter Theme Park

The Wizarding World of Harry PotterWould you like to know what is top on my bucket list? Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida. I've been a Harry Potter fanatic since I saw the first movie some ten years ago and the opening of the theme park was literally a dream come true. However, I live in Ohio so making the trip all the way to Florida isn't something I can just do on a whim. What's worse is that there are tons of Harry Potter fans just like me who are dying to visit the park that live even farther away on the West Coast. Luckily for them, they may be getting their very own Harry Potter theme park pretty soon.

Possible plans have been announced to build a new Harry Potter theme park in California with Universal Studios Hollywood hosting the attraction. With the incredible success of the first park in Orlando, it seems that Universal is looking to build on that success and branch out to a wider audience. According to the Los Angeles Times, the theme park in Florida has been responsible for a 36% boost in attendance at Universal Orlando within the first three months of 2011.

The park itself has rides and attractions themed after the books and movies as well as a ton of replicas from popular locations, including Honeydukes, Zonko's Joke Shop and the great Hogwarts itself. It is safe to assume that similar things would be implemented in the California park as well. However, Universal Studios Hollywood must somehow figure out a way to fit the theme park into its current location due to the limited space. Organizers have stated that existing rides may need to be removed or retrofitted in order to make room for the new attraction.

The new California park could open as early as 2015 with Reuters also reporting that Harry Potter theme parks may also soon open up in other countries, primarily Japan and Singapore. All I can say is the more the merrier when it comes to Harry Potter theme parks!

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Source: Digital Journal - New Harry Potter theme park may be coming to Southern California

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