As airlines test new "social seating" software which enables travellers to browse fellow passengers' Facebook or LinkedIn profiles in order to choose their ideal neighbour, HolidayExtras.com customers give the concept a big thumbs-down.
A wary 38% of those polled thought it "a completely scary idea", and a further 19% were concerned that it could be dangerous. Some 64% of women compared to 51% of men had safety worries about the new technology.


For 12%, social seating could provide the dream travel scenario - whether romantic interest or a way of avoiding "passengers from hell". Men were more taken with the online dating possibilities (4%) than women (1%).
The results also revealed that 13% of people would consider opting in to the service if they could have total control, with 18% of those polled not bothered either way.


Anthony Clarke Cowell, the company’s associate merchandising director, said: "It's great to see the travel industry using the latest technology and harnessing the power of social media, but judging by these survey results, social seating could be a step too far for British travellers."


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