According to a Study, You Could Meet Your Future Love on Your Next Flight

What will your next crush be like? Will they have a dark or light eye color? Will they be funny or stand out for being serious? They might be fit or may not worry too much about their fitness. They may enjoy movies, books, music, or perhaps be really into sports. Unfortunately, we don’t have the answers to these questions. But apart from what your next crush will be like, a study has revealed that they might be waiting for you on your next flight.

At Bright Side, we know that many of our readers are excited to meet the love of their lives. That’s why we’re sharing this research, which is sure to broaden the expectations of those in search of their other half.

Flying hearts

When we want to meet new people, we probably go to bars, clubs, movie theatres, and concerts — you know, places on the ground. However, we don’t usually think about heights when considering places where we could meet people. No, we’re not suggesting that you parachute out of a plane or go paragliding to meet your next significant other. We’re talking about a simple flight on a plane. But don’t take it from us.

study carried out by HSBC Bank, together with Travel + Leisure magazine, has made some interesting discoveries for those who dream of meeting their next love.

The study

2,150 passengers from 141 countries were surveyed, as well as 6,000 additional participants from 4 countries. The researchers weren’t interested in how travelers were treated at the airport, how they entertained themselves on board, or what kinds of situations took place in coffee shops and duty-free stores. The questions focused more on obtaining information about people’s behavior during flights.

We have to say, the data that was collected is pretty interesting. There’s probably nothing better than knowing how Cupid behaves on an airplane. Apparently, he doesn’t suffer from a fear of heights.

The results

According to the answers provided by all passengers, 1 out of every 50 people began a romance on the plane. It’s not surprising though. Many of us have seen in movies or TV shows how love sparks between 2 people who meet on an airplane, and then the romance continues on the ground. Just take a moment to remember the movie, French Kiss, a comedy that starred Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline.

Of course, it’s not just about love. Airplanes provide excellent opportunities for other relationships to develop. For example, 16% of the passengers surveyed declared that they had done some networking, and 1 of every 7 travelers met somebody who became their friend.


Do you think that 2% is low? It’s not. If we take that percentage and apply it to every flight, 2 couples would start a relationship on each flight. As we said before, Cupid has no fear of heights. He has wings for a reason, doesn’t he?

So for those who want to put an end to their lonely season, don’t miss the opportunities that await you on your next flight. Try to not be distracted by your phone, text messages, uploading photos of the clouds, or taking selfies. Instead, put your feelers out and show a willingness to engage in dialogue with the passenger seated next to you. Perhaps you’ll become one of the 2 pairs who leave the plane having met your new love.

What’s your opinion on this study? Have you ever met someone who ended up being your significant other during a plane trip? Do you know any couple who started a romance above the clouds? Please tell us in the comments!

Please note: This article was updated in July 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Preview photo credit Relatos Salvajes / K&S Films


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Guess I will never meet my love there, I always fall asleep instantly!


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