South African Airways to let fliers choose whom to sit with

The service called ‘Social Check-In’ lets passengers view the Facebook profiles of others on the flight and select a seat next to a preferred co-passenger.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: May 15, 2014 1:32 am

Passengers flying South African Airways can now choose their co-passengers after checking their Facebook profiles. The service called ‘Social Check-In’ allows guests to manage an online check-in through their Facebook profiles.

“In doing so, guests are able to share their own profile while also checking other traveller profiles and selecting seats based on matching interests,” said a release from the airline.

South African Airways operates flights to 40 destinations across the world that includes a daily flight between Mumbai and Johannesburg.

This facility is available for guests travelling on all flights of South African Airways including the flight from Mumbai to Johannesburg. The service will also be available on all domestic routes covered by the airline.

The release said that Social Check-In requires guests to check in online on the airline’s website http://www.flysaa.com or m.flysaa.com using their mobiles and enter their flight details to check-in.

“Guests are then provided the Social Check-in option by connecting to their Facebook profiles, while having control over the details they want to share and the one’s they don’t. Following this, the Social Seat Selector, allows the guests to view their fellow guests’ profiles and select seats next to a preferred co-passenger.”

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