Virgin America debuts in-flight flirting service
The carrier's new 'seat-to-seat delivery' lets passengers buy each other drinks and snacks.
The airline has debuted a new service that lets fliers flirt with each other and send each other cocktails. Yes, that's exactly what a bunch of strangers want when they're already seated in each other's personal space.
Virgin empire founder Sir Richard Branson has no qualms about what this service intends to do. In a video posted to Virgin America's Facebook page, he offers his "guide to getting lucky" at 35,000 feet. "I'm not a betting man, but I say your chances of deplaning with a plus-one are at least 50%," he says.
The new service, available on Virgin's domestic flight, is called Seat-to-Seat Delivery. Using the touchscreens in front of seats, passengers can order food or beverages delivered to people in other seats. They can also send that person a flirty message.
The service arrives as Virgin rolls out introductory fares of $39 each way for flights between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
So do fliers really want to know that seat 14B thinks they're really cute, and here's a gin and tonic to prove it? Some Twitter users think the service bypasses flirty and goes straight into creepy. "Great. Now you can experience unwanted sexual harassment during your airplane flights as well," wrote one person. "Oh dear, this has NO chance of ending horribly," wrote another.
Gawker chimed in as well. "Just when you thought air travel couldn't get any less appealing, along comes Virgin America to assure you that it most certainly can," writes Neetzan Zimmerman.
Actually, Gawker, this might make travel on Delta Airlines (DAL) and other carriers more appealing. The next time someone takes off their aromatic shoes, shoves your carry-on or elbows you one too many times, just take a breath, smile and be glad they aren't sending you vodka and leering at you from the next aisle.
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Talk about having a captive audience!
As an attractive single woman I see this as disastrous. Accepting drinks or conversation just to be polite from someone you have no interest in, can make for a very uncomfortable ride. Refusing, can make it even more uncomfortable. The close environment of an airplane, (much like a large CAT scan), couldn't make unsolicited flirting less desirable or more entrapped.
This opens the door to possible harassing for both men and women not to mention the possibility of conversing during a 5-hr flight, landing and finding out he or she is married.
Aren't children are allowed to fly alone at 13? What about pedophiles?
There are plenty of web sites for singles to meet that include a profile that allows one to discern. If one chooses to delete someone, you're not trapped a few feet away from this stranger.
As a businesswoman, I understand marketing and setting yourself apart. However, an airplane doesn't seem to be the best place to initiate romantic introductions. It could possibly prove to be more of a platform to act out one's fantasies.
Please, somebody find me a job as a company executive making at least $200,000 a year and I'll stop reading and writing MSN comments. I can do a good act.
I can't believe that I'm sitting here unemployed with nothing to do but read, write, exercise, watch markets and watch sports and these clowns are making millions with ideas like this. Life is unfair. But as Bill Gates says: "Life is unfair; get used to it." And as Johnny Carson said: "If life were fair Elvis would still be alive and all the Elvis impersonators would be dead."
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