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article imagePassing of notes on plane ends in assault after landing

By Natty Walker     Nov 30, 2013 in Travel
On a holiday known in the United States as Thanksgiving, the play-by-play of a passive-aggressive exchange of notes between two airplane passengers was chronicled on Twitter.
The Canadian producer of ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" certainly gave his more than 100,000 Twitter followers an unexpected form of entertainment on Thursday, November 28th. Elan Gale was a passenger on a plane from New York to Los Angeles when his flight was delayed. Gale then took to Twitter to express his annoyance with a passenger complaining about the situation. At 11:05 a.m. Gale tweeted, "Our flight is delayed. A woman on here is very upset because she has Thanksgiving plans. She is the only one obviously. Praying for her."
According to Gale's Twitter account, the US Airways flight attendants tried to calm the disgruntled passenger, sitting just a few rows in front of him. At 11:12 a.m. Gale tweeted, "The male flight attendant said, 'I understand ma'am. I'm looking forward to seeing my family too.'" Gale then tweets the passenger's response to the flight attendant, "'This isn't about you.'" Elaborating on the passenger's response, Gale also tweets, "Her family is very important to her, she says. Her family has a special recipe for stuffing. She needs to be there to help. It is crucial."
In another tweet, at 11:21 a.m., Gale adds to his Twitter rant, "She has a connecting flight. Why doesn't anyone understand she has a connecting flight? Why do people not understand her needs?" Soon after this tweet, their plane took flight. However, the passenger in front of him was still outwardly disgruntled, according to Gale. About an hour into the flight, he decided to make his grievances known to the other passenger. At 12:29 p.m., Gale tweeted a picture of a note he had written to her. He tweeted, "I sent the lady a glass of wine and a note."
The note that started it all:
"Dear Lady in 7A,
It has come to my attention that today is your 'Thanksgiving.'
It must be hard to not be with your family!
Please accept this glass of wine. It is a gift from me to you. Hopefully if you drink it, you won't be able to use your mouth to talk.
Love, Elan"
However, the note had not yet been delivered to the passenger in 7A. Gale continued to tweet his observations of the passenger, "She's pushing her call button a lot." Apparently, though, the flight attendants wanted to keep the situation as calm and civilized as possible. At 12:59 p.m., Gale tweeted, "The male flight attendant is giving me the 'let's just pretend this never happened' face. Shaking his had a lot." Gale continued, "He gave me two little bottles of vodka but he won't hand them to her. He says I have to do it myself."
Gale then stated on Twitter, "I'm going to do it." Nearly five minutes later, he returns to Twitter with an excitedly worded tweet, "Oh my God I did it I walked as if I was going to the bathroom and I leaned over and put them on her tray table and walked away Oh my God."
A few minutes later, Gale tweeted the passenger's reaction to his little gift, "She just stared at me like REALLY hard. She was breathing through her teeth and I think she just couldn't believe I was doing that." He continued, "I'm not going to lie I am shaking this is so terrifying she is so angry at me it's kind of incredible." At 1:23 p.m., Gale tweeted, "I don't really know what to do now I'm afraid to get out of my seat. This is like being on a roller coaster I'm scared and super excited."
Not even ten minutes after Gale's roller coaster tweet, we learn the identity of the passenger in 7A. Her name is Diane, and she apparently is not amused by Gale's note. He tweeted the picture of the note handed to him by a flight attendant that she sent in return.
Diane's note:
"Dear 'Elan'
The wine wasn't funny. The vodka wasn't funny. You're an awful person with no compassion. I'm sorry for your family that they should have to deal with you.
- Diane"
After receiving the note, Gale was certainly not going to let this go. He tweeted, "This means war." Gale continued, "Well I don't know what I'm going to [do] next but I've got two hours left on this flight and I'm going to retaliate." Then, he described his fellow passenger's appearance to his Twitter followers, "Diane is in her late 40s or early 50s. She is wearing mom jeans and a studded belt and she is wearing a medical mask over her idiot face."
Afterwards, it doesn't seem that Gale had the full support of all his Twitter followers. At 2:23 p.m., he tweeted, "I cannot believe there are 'Diane' apologists in this world. You're with me or you're against me!" Then, he informed his followers, "I'm writing a note as we speak."
Gale then took a picture of the sign above Diane's row before tweeting, "I just walked by her and said 'I'll be back shortly.' Then I stopped and took this picture and smiled at her." Nearly ten minutes later, Gale tweeted, "I have delivered the note."
Gale's reply note to Diane:
"Dear 'Diane'
Thank you for your lovely note. The person who lacks compassion is you. We all want to get home, particularly the nice men and women who fly your lazy [expletive] around and serve you drinks (you're welcome!). Next time you're in a bad mood, stay home. I hate you very much. Eat my [expletive].
According to Gale's Twitter, "Diane" was not amused, again. At 3:11 p.m. he tweeted, "I can hear her breathing." Half an hour later, Gale posted a picture of the next note in the saga.
Diane's reply note to Gale's reply note:
This is inappropriate beyond belief. I will be speaking to the authorities when we land."
With less than fifteen minutes left before landing, Gale tweeted his final note to Diane.
Gale's reply to Diane's reply to Gale's reply:
"Dear 'Dianne'
When you speak to the authorities, please make sure they arrest you for cannibalism because you just ate my [expletive]!
The plane landed a few minutes before 4:30 p.m. Gale tweeted, "I have landed in Phoenix. No sight of authorities yet." Ten minutes later, he informed the many interested people on Twitter keeping up with the unfolding events that the conflict with Diane had escalated even further. At 4:37 p.m., Gale tweeted, "Well, Diane just slapped me."
Nearly a full hour later, Gale elaborated on Twitter, "When I got off the plane I waited for her at the gate. I was holding another note in my hand and I was going to give it to her." He continued in the next tweet, "She walked right up to me and slapped me immediately in the face." In the next tweet, Gale said, "The gate agent for the next flight actually grabbed her and held her back. He asked me if I wanted to have the airport police come over." Gale, though, was not interested in pressing charges.
When asked a second time by the gate agent if Gale wanted to press charges, he tweeted that he replied, "'No. It's okay. I understand. But I do have a note for her.' And I handed it to her and I walked away."
Gale ended his Twitter saga with gratitude and appreciation for the people who had been following his rant, on a day known as Thanksgiving in the United States. He tweeted, "Let me just say this: What started off as annoyance became a pleasure because of you people. Seriously. More than anything. I love you."
Others, though, were thankful for the advances in technology that allowed a story like this to be available to all the internet as it unfolded. Before in-flight Wi-Fi and social media, the only people who would have known about this conflict would've been Elan Gale and Diane. Now, however, this captivating passing of notes can be shared with the whole world.
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