Matthew Ham Posted about 4 years ago Rethink the human-centered airline experience. *A TEDActive Travel Project* I this it is a great idea to give people the ability to meet other people with similar interests and get together with them. However, I think that people are already so frustrated by flying that it would be unlikely that they would go through any more steps before their flight. Even if some did meet up online, making things work so they did not interfere with all the people who did not go online to meet up might prove difficult. If this networking is to happen, I think it would be best to have it be implement first on the plane itself. With networking being available on more and more aircraft, I think it might be possible to meet people of similar interests while on the plane and engage in discussions. Taking this a step further, the airline could allow for people to change seats during the flight to sit next to people of similar interests (including the interest of being left alone in a quiet space). From their you could have board games (digital if need be) available for people to play with each other or other forms of social entertainment. Dealing with carry-ons might prove difficult, but I'm sure something could be arranged. What I'm saying is I believe social networking would be more successful when you're actually on the same plane sharing the same experience. Being stuck in a long aluminum cylinder thousands of feet in the air for several hours together creates a sense of camaraderie that I feel would be more likely to compel people to reach out to the people around them. Once people got accustomed to being able to meet others on the plane, they would be more likely to reach out before they got on.