Coca-Cola napkins encourage mid-flight flirting and we have the creeps

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There are many things that can make you uncomfortable while flying:

Cattle-class seats of torture, sitting next to someone with questionable hygiene, screaming babies, trying to do a number two during turbulence - the list goes on. 

In a bid to enter the dating game, Coca-Cola's latest collab with Delta Air Lines saw the circulation of branded napkins enticing passengers to flirt with fellow flyers. 

“Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know…" reads one napkin, with space for a name and number. 

“Because you’re on a plane full of interesting people and hey … you never know,” says another. 

The promotion hardly elicited the reaction Coco-Cola and Delta intended. 

Taking to Twitter, passengers lambasted the misguided matchmaking initiative for being backward and creepy. 

Now, plenty of us are guilty of sneaking a quick geez at a good looking passenger (pretty please let them be in my row!), but that’s a far cry from a free-for-all number swap at cruising altitude. 

If truth be told, we're all doing our darndest to avoid a conversation with our neighbour about their crazy ex or grandchildren’s school reports. 

Let’s not complicate things by having to awkwardly deflect hopeful suitors waving soggy napkins at us.

The airline has apologised for the napkin fiasco in a statement to INSIDER: 

“We rotate Coke products regularly as part of our brand partnership, but missed the mark with this one. We are sorry for that and began removing the napkins from our aircraft in January.”

A Coca-Cola spokesman also issued a statement apologising for the misstep: 

“We sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended. We worked with our partners at Delta to begin removing the napkins last month and are replacing them with other designs.”

We hope in our heart of heart that at least some people got lucky 'the old fashioned way' a mile high. 

Feature Image: Getty / Digital Vision 

Written By Brynn Davies

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