Great, now I can combine my debilitating fear of flying with my abject dread of dating. Sounds like a party! There's nothing strange about the mash-up of the two, according to dating service It's Just Lunch, which has partnered with the in-flight magazines of American Airlines, Southwest and U.S. Airways for surveys, contests and giveaways. In fact, there's a perfectly logical link between flying and courting. There is? Other than me white-knuckling it on either occasion, the overlap's not real clear. Anyway, a recent survey born of the marriage of It's Just Lunch and American Way magazine says 25 percent of fliers reported meeting someone on a plane they would be interested in dating. (I dunno. Head between the knees is not conducive to flirting). Fliers, like some of the rest of us, can be shallow and judgmental, the study found. On a first date, 66 percent said they decide within a half-hour whether they'll see the other person again, and 56 money-grubbing percent consider their date's income a "somewhat important" issue. A full 81 percent called hokum on the soul-mate debate—they think there are many potential matches that could make them happy. (Insert Mile High Club joke here, if you must.) Another survey and sweepstakes are on the way with US Airways' publication, with results expected in late fall. In fairness, It's Just Lunch targets the upscale, business-tripping single professional who's likely to be flitting around the country, sizing up fellow first-class travelers and checking out the dating service's ads in the seat pocket in front of them. An alliance with Greyhound? Heavens, no.
—Posted by T.L. Stanley