- Jane, 31, based in New York, travels at least twice a week with work
- She says she’s mastered a range of pick-up tricks to find love at the airport
- The travel pro says you should identify a ‘target’ and have a good opening line
You wouldn’t be alone if you regarded an airport as a functional, tedious necessity – but it turns out that they’re actually great places for helping your love life take off.
Talking to MailOnline Travel, Jane, 31, a business consultant based in New York, revealed how she’s mastered pick-up techniques tailored around her jet-set lifestyle.
She says that she finds airports a ‘very organic place to meet new people as they slow people down and connect’ – also, ‘travel has a romantic sense of time’.
You wouldn’t be alone if you regarded an airport as a functional, tedious necessity – but it turns out that they’re actually great places for helping your love life take off
Jane says the top place to pick-up at an airport is at the bar.
She says before getting comfortable you should do a loop of the bars in your terminal to ‘scope out the crowds’.
The native Australian adds: ‘Remember, you never want to commit to a seat without a prospect or target in sight.’
If there are no obvious targets in view, Jane says you can position yourself in a seat facing foot traffic so you can scout out possible love interests.
Explaining why the airport bar is such a hot spot, Jane reveals: ‘People at the bars can give you undivided attention and are often travelling alone.
‘Travelling alone, for work or otherwise, you usually find yourself without your typical social “posse” which would be a standard shield at a local bar or social situation outside of the airport.
JANE’S TOP AIRPORT PICK-UP TRICKS
- Scope out the airport bars and find a ‘target’
- Security lines and waiting rooms can also be fruitful
- Have a strong conversation opener
- Don’t have expectations – prioritize friendships over hook-ups
- Continue your flirtations on board the plane if you are catching the same flight
- Send drinks to the person on the plane as a way of saying ‘hello’
- Meet in the service area for a tryst
- Be sure to swap social media contacts and numbers sooner rather than later – airports can be busy and you can quickly lose sight of people
- If it’s going well, offer to share a cab on the other side
‘As you drink, you are open to talking about deeper things. This is further exacerbated by the sense that you could be speaking with someone from anyone stage in their lives.
‘When you can access these deep conversations with people quickly, you accelerate your sense of closeness.’
But it’s not just airport bars that can be lucrative on the love front. Jane says she’s also met people in security lines and waiting areas.
‘Just as long as you have a confident conversation opener, alcohol doesn’t have to be present,’ she explains.
When it comes to conversation themes, Jane says you should observe what is going on around you.
‘More often than not there are also other discussion topics you can easily reach – flight delays, weather conditions in the location you are in, destination plans.
‘It’s very easy to strike up a light and un-intrusive, unassuming friendly conversation.’
Jane says that you shouldn’t be scared of approaching groups of people if no singletons take your fancy.
She adds: ‘Personally, I’m a dark horse; As a woman in the U.S, people don’t often expect to have a very confident, successful, somewhat attractive person approach them at an airport.
‘More often than not the numbers are on my side (limited female travelers on their own) and I am very comfortable working a crowd.
‘More often than not I approach a group of people (all travelling on their own), create a group dynamic, a fun experience and focus in on the guy I am most interested in.
‘I’ve actually picked up multiple guys at the one time in this fashion. It also doesn’t hurt I have a foreign accent!’
Along with romantic relationships, Jane says she’s made many business connections at the airport.
She highlights that it’s important to prioritize friendships over hook-ups, and just see where the conversations goes.
Where possible, if you’re both boarding the same flight, Jane says you can continue your airport flirtation in the sky
Over the years she’s met a whole spread of people, including high-up executives at Walmart, design engineers at Tesla, ancient archaeologists and celebrity personal trainers.
One thing Jane encourages is to ‘always, always, always suss out the family situation’.
She reveals: ‘I have been very disappointed with discovering married or committed men who have not disclosed information to me.
‘While, thankfully, I have never engaged in an affair, you’d be surprised by the lengths that men go to cover up their relationships.’
Where possible, if you’re both boarding the same flight, Jane says you can continue your airport flirtation in the sky.
She says she’s been known to swap seats so she can continue her encounter and if seat-swapping isn’t an option she will flirt by sending drinks to their seats or ‘catching them in the service area for a tryst’.
So, are airport dalliances grounds for a longer-lasting romance?
Reflecting on her own experiences, Jane concludes: ‘Usually the interactions are quite fleeting – the odd two to three month fling is also there – but every now and then you meet a kindred spirit.
‘I’m still seeing someone today that I met over four years ago in Minneapolis.
‘As with everything, you just have to get the timing right.’
And when it comes to timing, Jane highlights the importance of swapping social media contacts and numbers before you part ways or get lost. You never know, you may have just met the love of your life!
CASE STUDY: JANE’S BEST AIRPORT ROMANCE
I saw a gentleman at a bar in San Francisco’s airport. He had Aziz Ansari’s latest book about ‘Modern Romance’. Since my book club had been considering reading this book, I asked him about it and we got into this pretty intense conversation about the different forms of love that exist in the world today and how there is no real ‘one size fits all’.
Our conversation continued over a few glasses of wine before he surprised me by getting the check for both of our drinks. Turns out we were on the same flight, and while I offered to pay him back with a mid-flight wine, he casually suggested we just grab a drink on the other side (in LA) once we landed. Fast forward, 50 minutes later we land in LA and I run off the plane to quickly ‘powder my nose’.
When I emerge, I thought he would still be in the crowd, but we lost each other among the crowds of LAX. Shrugging and giving up, I went to go grab an Uber from the designated space. Just as I was opening the car door, I heard him run up behind me (a little out of breath) and offer up his book. ‘If nothing else, I wanted you to have this. You should read it,’ he said.
I thanked him and left. Inside the book he had written his name and number… and we went from there.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online