Love is, literally, in the air – and a website shares the stories of those who found romance on an airplane.
“We met on a delayed flight from Philadelphia to Denver,” writes one hopeful romantic on Wemetonaplane.com, a website that tries to reconnect seatmates who might have hit it off. “It was your first time flying and you sat in a window seat next to me, in seat 19F. We chatted a bit and seemed to hit it off … We parted ways without a name or a phone number, but I would love to connect with you, wherever you are.”
Around 4,400 people search “met on a plane” on Google worldwide every month.
According to the website’s founder, Australian Will Scully-Power, around 4,400 people search “met on a plane” on Google worldwide every month. But that wasn’t the only reason he decided to launch the site back in 2011: He also met his girlfriend on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney. Scully-Power’s love-at-first-flight romance made him consider others who felt sparks were flying, but didn’t think to exchange contact information. “What if they didn’t swap details? How would they actually connect without knowing their name?” he mused.
Lost lovers can search for each other on the site using their flight number, year or month of travel, or the flight’s origin and destination. If that fails, they can write their story and then share it far and wide on Facebook and Twitter, in the hope that the Internet may help align the paths of the ill-starred lovers once again. Thousands of stories, modern messages in bottles, have been cast into cyberspace via the website. For reasons unknown, most of the recounted ardors originate in eastern Europe, Scully-Power says.
Wemetonaplane.com also features many love stories from those who met their sweethearts on an airplane.
In addition to messages from those still searching, there are many love stories from those who met their sweethearts on an airplane. “I don’t have to search for him – I married him  years ago,” writes one of the lucky ones who found true love on a flight from St. Louis International Airport to London Heathrow in 1989. “After an eight-hour date with dinner and a movie, we exchanged addresses and phone numbers (no e-mail back then!).”
For some, it seems, the oft-derided middle armrest may be a pretense for romance.