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Is romance in the air? The world’s first in-flight dating app that works without internet

The world’s first in-flight dating app has been launched that allows users to search for and chat with potential partners on planes without the use of internet.

AirDates allows people to connect on the ground and chat in the air.
AirDates allows people to connect on the ground and chat in the air. Image by AirDates

The free app is called AirDates and it works in airplane mode by allowing users to connect on the ground and continue the chat in the air via Bluetooth or Wifi Direct. Users can push their e-tickets via email to the app’s server which parses their data and creates a profile for them. The app shows people en route to the same destination and lists passengers corresponding to preferences that are filled in, enabling users to begin chatting. The company describes it as a, “No Taboo App” open to all users and does not differentiate people based on their sexuality. Users can tailor privacy settings in the app, choosing to be visible or remain hidden while still being able to chat.

Users can choose to remain hidden or be searchable to other app users while on a flight.
Users can choose to remain hidden or be searchable to other app users while on a flight. Image by Enviromantic/Getty Images

The app was created by entrepreneur Michael Richard, who first got the idea during a road trip around South East Asia. While travelling, he found himself using dating apps but noticed a gap in the market as they could not be used during flights. The app follows a growing trend in dating apps that specialise in travel, following the recent launch of success of MissTravel, an app that encourages strangers to meet up and travel together.