11/29/2012 10:36 am ET

True Story: I ‘Airline Dated' And Lived To Tell The Tale

Have you heard of "airline dating," the hot new online dating trend? Probably not, because it is not actually a hot new online dating trend. But websites for lonely travelers who'd rather find love during a layover than seek out delicious snacks do exist; Steve Pasternack started meetattheairport.com after he, himself, was delayed at the airport in early 2011, and "noticed a lot of people at the bar looking for something to do." He says the site — which asks users normal online dating qs about their personal interests but also about their flight details and departure airport to find them a perfect match — has attracted roughly 20,000 members from all over the world.

"What better time to meet somebody new than when you're sitting in an airport?" he asked CNN. His website declares that "Airports are the new meeting place for adults to meet" and that while "usual dating sites connect you with people in your area, so you always see the same men and women on the website," meetatheairport.com is a way to meet people around the world, if you so desire. (Does anyone really want to "date internationally" though, besides celebrities and mail-order brides? Sounds expensive.)

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