Forget about boring old dating apps like Hinge and Tinder that limit you to sexual encounters at sea level. It’s all about Wingman, a new app that promises to connect you “with attractive people on your flight, all before you touch down.”
It’s still in its beta stage, but its creator, 24-year-old Gabe Whaley, says development is well underway, the Daily Beast reports. It works much like Tinder: users scroll through photos of potential “travel buddies” aboard their flight and swipe right or left to indicate “yes” or “no.” The idea is that most planes nowadays offer in-flight wi-fi, but the app will also be bluetooth-ready. In the meantime, you can sign up for notifications to stay informed about Wingman’s process.
This could actually be a good idea in theory, but we do sense some problems. For one, users will be drawing from a pretty small pool, right? A lot of the people aboard any given flight are children. Or married. And then the other “eligible” bachelors and bachelorettes might simply be opposed to getting it on in a smelly shoe box-sized airplane bathroom with a perfect stranger. Indeed, Whaley seems to realize that the whole concept is a bit far-fetched.
“I think it will make people curious, and you never know: someone might use it, and it might start a conversation that they might not have otherwise had,” Whaley told ANIMAL New York. “It could turn out to be really good, or really bad. Either way, I think it’s really funny.”