KLM to Allow Passengers to Use Facebook to Choose Seat Assignments

Melissa Knowles

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How perfect would it be if you knew before you got on an airplane who would be sitting next to you? Better yet, what if you could peek at their Facebook or LinkedIn profile? Well you just might get your wish. The Royal Dutch Airlines KLM has introduced a new social solution to ease the pain of sitting next to someone who has the potential to annoy you. KLM is planning a service called "Meet and Seat" in which passengers can choose who they sit next to based on the other passenger's online social networking profiles. Passengers will have to opt-in to the online tool before other people can see their profiles to see if they have similar interests and choose to be seat mates. KLM is not the first airline to initiate a service like this. Malaysia Airlines uses a program called M-H Buddy in which passengers can check in to their flight on Facebook and look at the seating chart to see other passengers' profiles. From there, a passenger can change seats according to their specifications. So next time you're 30,000 feet in the air, you could very well be sitting next to someone you've handpicked, who shares your interests.

A North Carolina State University dropout has been outed as an imposter. Abe Liu, 27, was recently outed by two Harvard newspapers for not being who he said he was. The Harvard Independent reported that Liu had been cited by campus police for trespassing and using a false ID. It turns out that Liu was not a freshman at Harvard as he pretended to be. He was a Harvard Extension School student who had been posing as an undergraduate for an entire semester. Liu went so far as to join a class of 2015 Facebook group, to sleeping in friends' dorm rooms and even posing in a Harvard fashion feature showcasing his personal style. Liu also took classes, ate in the dining halls, and participated in campus activities. When he was caught by police, Liu told them he had "made a mistake," and that his mistake was "being lonely." Liu reportedly told Harvard's Crimson magazine that he "played off being a student" because it "got addicting." When people would question his older appearance, he'd say he was 22 and had taken some time off between high school and college, or that he was a former Olympic athlete. Liu claims that he did not have malicious intentions and that he was just attempting to make friends. When he recounts his story, he says that he went to school in North Carolina but dropped out to compete in triathlons. When the dream of being a professional triathlete did not work out, he decided to become a doctor. Enrolling at the Harvard Extension School seemed the best way to start. People on social media are not taking too kindly to Liu's stunt, calling him "the really untalented Mr. Ripley," and saying what he did was creepy and unnerving.