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Mid-Air Matchmaking? Dutch Airline to Let Passengers Choose Seatmates on Facebook?

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(AMSTELVEEN, The Netherlands) -- A new policy by a Dutch airline will allow passengers to choose their seatmates based on Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

KLM hopes to roll out the "Social Seating" policy in 2012, according to a company representative.

The airline will allow fliers to access other passengers' social media information when checking onto a flight online and then choose their seatmate based on similar interests, USA Today reported. They will also be able to link their own social media profiles with their check-in information, allowing others to see and choose them.

The policy would also allow passengers to opt out of the service if they want, the report said.

A KLM representative said the project was still in its development phase and the company could not yet share details on how it would work.

Other attempts to integrate social networking and air travel have floundered in the past, including a failed company called AirTroductions, which offered an online dating service for frequent travelers.

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'Perfect' Emergency Landing Sends Sparks Flying, Passengers Scrambling

WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WARSAW, Poland) -- The final moments of Flight 16 from Newark, N.J, to Warsaw, Poland, with 210 passengers and a crew of 11, were alarming. The pilots of the Polish LOT airlines Boeing 767 could not get the landing gear to come down. After circling to dump fuel, they were forced to make an emergency landing, skidding along the runway on the plane’s belly, sparks flying.

Emergency vehicles were standing by, and firefighters quickly hosed down the plane as passengers scrambled to evacuate down the slides. Everyone got out safely. A spokesperson for LOT airlines says it had a support team and psychologists on hand to meet the passengers after they were bused to the terminal.

The airline says pilots noted a failure in the hydraulic system used to lower the gear, and that’s when they called for an emergency landing. BBC reporter Richard W. Gordon, tweeted, “The aircraft’s crew reported an unsafe gear indication at 3,000 feet and attempted to troubleshoot for 80 minutes.”

Fighter jets were sent up to take a look at the jet as it circled over the airport. Those military pilots confirmed the gear was not down.

LOT praised its pilots for carrying out a “perfect emergency landing.”

A passenger waiting at the airport, John Britton, saw the landing and tweeted, “Terrifying, plane on fire at Warsaw airport as I’m about to fly. Crash landing maybe.”

LOT airlines is part of the Star Alliance group, which means it is an international partner for United and Continental flights. Both carriers referred any questions to the Polish airline.

The airline says the passengers on Flight 16 are being released after a medical examination and a brief interview by police.

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Russian Plane Accident: Death Toll Rises, Authorities Search for Cause

Photo Courtesy - STR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities are trying to figure out what caused the engines to fail on a passenger jet Saturday, causing it to make an emergency landing. Three people were killed and more than 80 were injured when the plane skidded off the runway.

Trouble began just 30 minutes into the flight, when two of the plane's engines failed and the crew requested an emergency landing at the nearest airport. As the plane approached the runway, a third engine failed, the plane skidded off the runway and broke into three pieces.

The type of plane involved -- a Tupolev-154, or Tu-154 -- does not have a clean safety record. Even Russia's national carrier stopped using it after a series of crashes.

“The number of accidents in Russia have risen and fallen over time but Russia is in the process of rebuilding their civil aviation system, and it's a long process,” said ABC News aviation consultant John Nance.

The Dagestan Airline plane was headed from Moscow to Makhachkala.

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Passengers Forced to Stand for Five-Hour Flight

Photo Courtesy - Airline Tatarstan(RUSSIA) -- Airlines aren't known for treating their coach customers luxuriously. But a Russian airline has apparently taken spartan transportation to new heights, forcing six passengers to stand during a recent flight.

The six passengers were apparently without their own life vests or oxygen masks, let alone seatbelts in case of a rough landing, turbulence or a crash.

The Tatarstan Airlines flight last week from Antalya, Turkey to Ekaterinburg, Russia was fully booked with a tour group. At the last second, a Boeing 737 with 148 seats was replaced with another one that only had room for 142 passengers. The tour company, according to local media reports, offered the passengers a choice: wait seven hours for another flight or stand for the five hour flight back to Russia. All chose to stand, although they are now seeking $4,700 in compensation. The tour company offered about $200.

In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration requires all passengers to be buckled into their seats from the moment a plane leaves the gate until it reaches calm air at cruising altitude.´╗┐

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