Why WAITO

What if all your flights could be like this?

I often fly alone for work and every flight is a bit of a lottery. I never know who I’m going to sit next to, and, to be honest, I don’t get a lot of winners. I’ve had my share of crying children and grandmothers who are very sweet, but whose conversations eventually devolve into detailed descriptions of their entire family tree. Don’t get me wrong—I really do like small talk during long flights, as long as it’s at least a bit engaging. One of my favorite experiences was sitting next to a very nice older man with a passion for collecting vinyl. We had an awesome talk about rock icons of the ’60-’80s, and we actually still keep in touch on social media.

I’m a salesperson, so I fly quite a bit. I’ve even closed deals on flights — it’s easy enough if you happen to be sitting next to the right person. You could be stuck on a plane or in an airport for hours on end, so why not use the time wisely, right? I remember one time when I met a person running a small food delivery startup. Coincidentally, my company has a department dedicated to working with restaurant chains, and it turned out we offered some of the services he’d been looking for. We talked through the whole flight, and a week afterwards, he signed my offer!

I often travel by plane, but I don’t at all enjoy sitting in one place for a long time. That’s why I prefer to fall asleep as soon as the plane takes off, so time passes faster. But, to my chagrin, this does not always happen. Half the time, there’s some chatterbox nearby who wants to talk about everything in the world or, even worse, their problems. I don’t know why people do it! I mean, I’m not a psychologist. My ideal seatmate is either someone who is asleep or is so quiet they might as well be.

I’m the mother of a 3-year-old boy, and, from time to time, we have to fly. Unfortunately, this often turns into an ordeal both for us and for our fellow travelers. Traveling with a child, as anyone who has done it will know, isn’t exactly easy. Children my son’s age can’t control their needs and emotions the way adults can, so on a long flight they often get restless and start to whine and misbehave. There was one flight that I remember actually being quite pleasant, though, and it was because we were seated next to a lovely woman and her daughter, who was just a bit older than my son. Our children got along well and spent the entire flight entertaining each other, which was a big relief for me and, I’m sure, the passengers around us!

How it Works

  • See who’s flying

    Find someone on your flight that shares your business and personal interests and connect with them! You can join your flight’s group chat to stay up to date with your fellow travelers.

  • See what’s going on in the airport

    Join the airport chat for a more enjoyable stopover experience. WAITO’s passenger community will help you navigate the airport, find things to do, and meet new people!

  • Connect and share experiences

    Want to share a ride into the city? Looking for someone to share a drink during your stopover? Fancy finding some nice spots to eat or shop? See what kind of events are going on in the chat or create your own!

Our Team

Alex Chelombitko
Co-Founder/Engineering
Alex Lipanov
Co-Founder
Ruslan Matuzau
Co-Founder/Business Development

Contact Us

901 N. Pitt Street, Suite 170, Alexandria, VA 22314