Study Finds That 1 in 50 People Fall in Love on Airplanes

Aug 30, 2018

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If you’ve ever dreamed of falling in love with your seat-mate on an airplane, we’ve got good news: A study conducted by HSBC (this isn’t NASA so, you know, take this with a grain of salt) found that one in 50 people said they met their soulmate while flying the friendly skies. Considering an Airbus A380 can hold up to 800 passengers, that’s a lot of love connections.

HSBC interviewed more than 2,000 people from around the world to gather its data, which also revealed that half of the passengers interviewed admitted to at least engaging in conversation with those seated next to them — even strangers. If everlasting love wasn’t on the in-flight menu, one in seven passengers said they made “lasting friendships,” and another 16% say they’ve at least added someone to their business network.

All things considered, these findings come as a breath of fresh air amidst the deluge of passenger altercations, brawls and general bad behavior.

Speaking of which: While we are all for finding love in a hopeless place (airplane bathrooms excluded, thank you very much), please keep in mind that love is a two-way aisle. If your seat-mate is not feeling those same high-altitude vibes, back off — especially if you’ve killed a few hours at the airport bar before takeoff. Also, as much as it may seem like a good idea to profess your love to the flight crew tirelessly working to meet the needs of an entire plane’s worth of travelers, it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve safely reached your gate to make the first move on an employee.

And if you are hoping to land the window seat soulmate to your aisle, may we suggest leaving your shoes on during the flight?


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