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article imageThe app that helps you join the 'mile high club'

By D.M. McGrory     Feb 12, 2014 in Technology
Want inconspicuous sexual encounters while you fly? There’s an app for that.
Wingman, a new smartphone and tablet app has launched which aims to “connect you with attractive people on your flight, all before you touch down…”
In short, as long as there’s WiFi or Bluetooth availability on your flight the app will help you find fellow horny passengers who have signed up. Users can indicate whether they’re flying for business, pleasure or both, and reveal their seat number and final destination. Then you can both set in motion your "mile high club" adventure — or so to speak.
The app dubbed the "Tinder of airline travel" hasn’t yet hit app store —it is set to launch in the summer. Its 24-year-old creator, Gabe Whaley, told the Daily Beast “…naturally, it’s a bit controversial. But there is definitely something to be said about being able to engage with someone on a flight and seeing what the possibilities are from there.”
Wingman’s additional collective of developers, known as Miscellaneous Mischief, recently told online tech 'zine Betabeat that the app’s interface “will be simple: individuals will be matched according to their flight number and airline.” An iOS version is already in preparation, but they will soon also soon have browser and android versions ready for beta testing.
There's a niche dating or 'casual encounter' app for every eventuality these days. From the well known Tinder and Grindr apps to the far more specific SaladMatch which seeks to help salad eaters 'find their salad soulmate' and the brand new Delightful, which aims to curate your entire date, the market is pretty buoyant it seems.
In addition to pre-launch coverage from a variety of tech sources, the app's ambitions were recently covered by Time Magazine, so there is certain focus on the ambitions of the app's team.
Whether Wingman meets its aims is a debate that can only truly begin when the app is available for sale, though it is receiving a furrowed brow from many tech writers, there remains a curiosity around it.
Little comment has been made by airline personnel on the prospects this app brings to future flights. Let's assume all activity remains within the health and safety brief.
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