Plane travel has always been a nerve-wracking and boring ordeal. From that constant nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something to the security measures that border on second base with a fast moving date, the pressure is on even before anyone boards their flight. It’s lonely and boring for those passengers just coming home from a visit with their families or leaving them for school or business travel.
With roomfuls of people going through the same conundrums over baggage, flight schedules, departure areas, and where to get food that isn’t notoriously overpriced, it’s no surprise that now and then passengers make friends. While the frustration of traveling can really bring out some grumpiness, more often than not travelers are kind and inviting to those stuck in the same situation as they are.
Striking up a conversation isn’t always so easy, though. This is where Planely comes in. Planely is a site rooted through Facebook that allows travelers to look up their flight and find other people headed in the same direction. It gives people the opportunity to talk with other passengers and encourages interaction among them—even pre-flight. Contact with others you’d like to travel with requires consent from both parties, and can be really useful for setting up airport carpools, saving taxi money post-flight, and gathering direction help or information about your destination or directions if your fellow passengers are natives to the place you’re heading.
Most of all Planely could be really useful in creating a friendly environment and relieving the stress of flying. There are hardly better comforts than conversation and companionship during flights. There is also something magical about making connections with people we would have otherwise never known. The spice of life is in these brief experiences. In a modern world where we’re walled off by technology, it’s nice to have an excuse to make contact with others.