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We met on a plane

A new website was created specifically for those of us who have a “missed connection” mid-air. You’re on the plane and you notice someone that sparks your interest. Maybe time, space, or opportunity did not allow you to get their number. What do you do?

Well one guy decided to devote an entire website for these situations with We Met On A Plane: “Have you ever met that special someone on a plane but for whatever reason you didn’t end up exchanging your contact details with each other and later regretted it?”

I could have used this last spring! I was on a flight to Boston for a job interview. I was super nervous and this really handsome man was my seatmate. He talked me off my anxiety cliff, reassured me, and gave me a lot of great words of encouragement.

If I had paid closer attention, I would have asked for his name so I could have thanked him later! Who knows what can happen from our random encounters in the “friendly skies” – you really never know!

Has this ever happened to you? Do you ever strike up a conversation with someone on a flight and later wish you had their contact information? Is a plane a good place to meet people!?

Why do you think some of us don’t want to seize the moment and capitalize from those random encounters?

By Wise Diva, Misadventures in Atlanta Dating Blog

197 comments Add your comment

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
7:58 am

Good Morning!!!!

hmmmmm I meet no strangers and while talking it just depends on how the conversation goes……….If it warrants future contact it will be exchanged effortlessly but if not we keep it moving in our separate directions…….I believe what’s meant to be will without it seeming forced just because of a good conversations.

I am a people’s person and can rock and roll with the best of them~

Mike P

February 3rd, 2012
8:48 am

Has this ever happened to you? Do you ever strike up a conversation with someone on a flight and later wish you had their contact information?

—Nope, not for me… Although I may strike up a good conversation, my intent would be to enjoy the moment when traveling so I don’t converse with others with an intent to get their numbers and besides I don’t do long distance relationships. No regrets.

Mike P

February 3rd, 2012
8:50 am

Good Morning Lady~

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

Hey Mike P!!!!!

SlimNu

February 3rd, 2012
9:00 am

Well Morning Lady and Mike P…this doesn’t apply to me either. Is it too early for a topic change? lol

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

Dead! LOL go ahead Slim!!!!!

disco

February 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

good morning. I have nothing to add re meeting on a plane either though once I met and sat next to tony delk (phoenix suns at the time) on a flight from LA. it was funny. we actually stayed in the same hotel in LA and I ran into him in the lobby at checkout before heading to the airport. my son has always been big into watching america’s most wanted and he swears that once while we were in an airport waiting on a connecting flight that he saw someone from the show. he was adamant that that was the guy. guess we’ll never know.

SlimNu

February 3rd, 2012
9:13 am

LOL – Well, for those that have some input, they can continue to discuss but I do have an inquiry. So what if your significant other poses the question of, “hey, how would you feel if I had to go to such and such city to work for 3 months?” (The particular city is where they are from..not that it matters but it could) And with their job, i’m sure it’s not a matter of they HAVE to go, but could probably bid to be considered as the person to go…Make sense I hope.

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

hmmmmmmm Slim…………….folks travel and work all the time and maintain relationships……trust has to be in place. With today’s technology its not unheard of. it can be done. Plus the time away could strengthen the relationship

disco

February 3rd, 2012
9:20 am

slim – sounds like they have the opportunity to work in hometown but also have the option not to accept said opportunity? that one can be challenging. there’s definite pros and cons. I’m guessing you aren’t asking from a professional perspective so much as a personal/relationship perspective. I’m thinking the major concern – more than time or distance – is familiarity. they say home is where the heart is. and hometown is likely where the childhood sweetheart, high school sweetheart, first serious ex-girlfriend is located. there’s potential for some backsliding at home. so all I can really say is this is where trust comes in. can’t say don’t go because that’s just tacky and immature. let him go and hope for the best.

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:23 am

disco all those things came to my mind…….If I was home for 3 months I would catch up with my folks and mix and mingle. It would be fun but I would be ready to go soon though……

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

If its during the summer I could find myself @ the local softball games shooting the breeze carefree. I know they play sports here but it would be the familiarity that would be thrilling temporarily

I could also visit my home church and absorb that!

CoolShadow

February 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

SlimNu – on the surface if it’s a move to facilitate moving upward in one’s career, there’s nothing wrong with that. Is there the chance to commute to see each during this stint? Sometimes to upward, you have to move laterally in the process.

SlimNu

February 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

sounds like they have the opportunity to work in hometown but also have the option not to accept said opportunity? that one can be challenging

disco – You pretty much summed it up. I would never say, do not go because I would never want to hold someone back from a business opp. He said the same thing when I asked him the same question. He said he would have a hard time with the length of time and distance but he’d never allow himself to say, Naw, don’t do it. And you’re right, hometown does breed familiarity and potential back slidding. He was already talking about some of the things he missed about being home. Plus it doesn’t help that he isn’t really fond of ATL either lol

Lady – True, folks travel for work and maintain relationships. We’ve never been apart from each other longer than 2weeks. I told him, I would expect to see him within that time frame though.

CoolShadow

February 3rd, 2012
9:28 am

Meant to write, “Sometimes to move upward…”

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:41 am

Of course Slim bc I was thinking about my hometown and it dawn onme I would be back here on the weekends for the most part!

Curious George

February 3rd, 2012
9:43 am

Met on a Plane?

MILE-HIGH CLUB???

SlimNu

February 3rd, 2012
9:43 am

Blog monster keeps eating my post..going to try this again.

CoolShadow – We are talking about ATL & M i a m i. So we could possibly see each other at least once during that time frame.

Leggs

February 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

Good morning.

When I flew to South Beach last year, I was in airport sittig alone and this really nice looking man stood up and sat besides me. We exchanged pleasantries and basically just talked about him and his profession(lol). He was on his way to retrieve a prisioner and bring him back to Georgia (well that was his story, I don’t know). We exchanged phone numbers. We were on the same flight, him in first class me in coach. Throughout the flight this dude kept flirt texting me. It was weird and then it became annoying. He called me once while I was in Miami asking if I was having a great time. Haven’t been back in touch with each other since. He was somewhat a narcissist. But boy, did I enjoy Miami!!!

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

MILE-HIGH CLUB??? <<<<<Too Funny!

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

hmmmmm Leggs can you be whoever you want to be on a flight and in a airport?!? LOL funny!

Leggs

February 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

You certainly can be, Lady!

Celisea

February 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

Good Friday morning!

Can’t relate to the topic. I too never travel, nor leave the house for that matter, looking for hookups and phone numbers. Most times when this has happened, it just sort of came about. Nothing intentional behind it but definitely not on a plane. I don’t travel as much as many folks but when I do, I just like talking to people and enjoying the moment….and that’s all.

Mike P

February 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

and a good morning to you SlimNu.

Leggs

February 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

I don’t travel much either Celisea, and I guess that’s why during the flight to Miami I learned about putting your cellphone on Airplane Mode. Didn’t know such a thing existed until the lady next to me showed me.

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

I like going to conferences not many requiring flights but to absorb some good info and enjoy the social down time of it is fun……….

i'm swiss

February 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

Leggs — You and ol’ boy should have just ditched the texting and convened a meeting of the Mile High Club. All that cell phone use in flight is gonna interfere with the plane’s instruments… :lol:

Purple

February 3rd, 2012
10:19 am

smells like desperation to me.

Leggs

February 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

Yep swiss, that’s my style, take some random dude into the bathroom and get my freaky freak on. What a missed opportunity! I missing quite a few of them (lol) and I like that I am!

M. (pronounced M dot)

February 3rd, 2012
10:21 am

Happy friday.

“Do you ever strike up a conversation with someone on a flight and later wish you had their contact information? Is a plane a good place to meet people!?”

I think airplanes & airports are excellent places to meet people because of two reasons:

1. If you meet them in your home airport (ATL), there is a good chance they probably live here and you have an automatic ice breaker (where are you going for the weekend etc) and can go from there.

2. Meeting someone in an airport/plane also makes you look fly (no pun intended) because traveling is a cool thing and considered a hobby for some people and everyone cant do it as much as they like. Plus the ATL airport has a ton of people traveling every day. Therefore if they travel alot and you do there is something in common.

If I meet someone I like, I give them the number and if shes interested, she will call you; if not thats ok. Airport bars are good to kill time also. Pull up a seat and just watch and wait. Another good thing I do on a long flight is order cocktails. It makes the time go by faster and if its someone cute next to you, more than likely she may drink with you and who knows what can happen from there ;)

Celisea

February 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

Leggs – LOL…Yeah, I knew that one :)

On business I’d say we travel across states on a range of 5 – 10 times a year. Sometimes conferences sometimes client visits. If we’re crossing states then yeah we fly. If it’s as far as Savannah just depends. Some drive some fly. Last year expense was conciously cut back.

I actually like traveling on company busines but always always after two days, I’m ready to come home. Always.

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

M. but are those illusions or really living for the moment……Its a short lived thrill for me……most times airport meet n greets hold no value. Its like an escape for a second until you face what reality you are traveling to be it serious or not…….shrugs lol

Celisea

February 3rd, 2012
10:27 am

I’m going to walk today. Think I’ll head to Fifth Street Rib and Blues for some BBQ :)

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:28 am

Speaking of which I want to travel to Chicago today and one day I wanna go to Seattle…….I will be more cognitive the next I travel on my interactions……lol

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:28 am

LOL C! I am going to leave work one friday and find you in the city and dine with you sis! ;) Enjoy!

Celisea

February 3rd, 2012
10:30 am

Lady – c’mon down! I’d love to have lunch with you :)

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:33 am

In May C I will that is when I start playing on Fridays! Thanks sis!

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:36 am

meant to Chicago ONE DAY not today! #dead LOL

kimmie - the original :)

February 3rd, 2012
10:41 am

Morning All!

I’m not taking the topic to mean literally meeting someone on a plane. You could look at it as making sure you take advantage of any opportunity that comes along to meet a great person. Don’t let an opportunity slip and forever think about “what if”. I’ve known of 2 couples that met on cruises, and some who’ve met at conferences. Even if you don’t end up in a relationship, it’s nice to make new friends and contacts.

And yes, like M dot said, you may end up meeting someone from the same city, so no it would not be a LDR!

M. (pronounced M dot)

February 3rd, 2012
10:42 am

@Lady~

I see where you are coming from. You are traveling for a couple of hours not guaranteed that you will meet someone. That’s why I said “I give them the number and if shes interested, she will call you; if not thats ok.”

Dating is like playing craps. Up and down. Every encounter wont guarantee success.

Leggs

February 3rd, 2012
10:43 am

@SlimNu ~ if you don’t mind, you say he doesn’t HAVE to go, so why is he going. Is it for a chance to be “home” again, an opportunity to enhance his work skills, good PR, why is he considering going? No sweat if you don’t answer.

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:43 am

NY2GA

February 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

M. Dot, I think you make a good point and to some of the others, I think you need to loosen up a little bit. It’s ok if you meet someone, have a little convo, things going well, cool, if not, keep it moving.

You are not tied to the other person at the hip, nothing wrong with social interaction (fact 2 face) vs. blogging all the time … Trust me, you will be more fulfilled when you talk vs. type … btw – I met one of my closet friends on a plane ride to NY, we still keep in touch to this day and it’s been over 10 years …

@lady – Illusions, really?

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:52 am

NY2GA some sort of imagination sorta not 100% but when I am in the airport as long as I am not dealing with a lost I am carefree and yes my imagination is somewhat heighten

SlimNu

February 3rd, 2012
10:52 am

Leggs – I believe it’s all the above: A chance to be back home, be with his family/friends, obviously to make some extra change, not to mention it’s MIAMI lol You have the nice weather, the culture, the beach etc. He said he wanted to get my feelings about it and even though it would not be the final determining factor but he wanted to see what I thought.

Lady~

February 3rd, 2012
10:53 am

but i feel M. and your post I have met good people @a airport but it sorta stayed there is my overall point…..

Celisea

February 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

Lady – It’s a date :)

disco

February 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

a friend of mine recently had car trouble and had to ride the bus. she tickled me talking about more men hit on her in the week she was riding the bus than in the entire time she lived in dallas (she only recently relocated there).

i'm swiss

February 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

I ph.ucked dated this ho chick back in high school who grew up to be quite the gold digger. I remember once during my college days the old gang was back in my home town for the holidays & this chick was giving advice to another chick from our gang on how to land a sugar daddy. She told her she needed to start hanging out in airport bars. :lol:

kimmie - the original :)

February 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

I think too many people expect love to come wrapped in this neat little package, at just the expected time in the expected way. Sometimes you have to be open to other ways of meeting people, which means opening yourself to new experiences. Quit doing the same things in the same city expecting a different result. Branch out, even if you take baby steps. You’ll only enrich your life. I’ve met some wonderful and interesting people while traveling or just going to shop or eat in a different area of ATL. I’ve made business connections and made some nice friends.

A family member attended my wedding in Vegas last summer. It was her first time going to Vegas. She normally prefers beach vacations. She spent the entire time in Vegas complaining and miserable. It was a lost opportunity to just have fun and experience something different. We aren’t big gamblers and neither are most of the friends & family that attended, but we managed to find something we enjoyed doing and seeing!