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This Epic Note-Passing War On A Delayed Flight Won Thanksgiving [UPDATED]

Update: Looks like it was all an elaborate hoax.

1. Los Angeles-based Elan Gale, whose Twitter bio says he’s a producer on ABC’s The Bachelor, began tweeting on Thanksgiving claiming that a woman in his airport was getting testy with airline staff over their delayed flight.


elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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elan gale

@theyearofelan

She’s telling the flight attendants that it is Thanksgiving. She wants them to know she wants to have dinner with her family

/ Via

4. According to Gale, the woman was pretty angry that she might be late for her Thanksgiving dinner.


elan gale

@theyearofelan

The male flight attendant said “I understand ma’am. I’m looking forward to seeing my family too.” She responded “This isn’t about you”

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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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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7. Gale said the woman couldn’t believe that she might be late, and she wanted everyone to know.

She has a connecting flight. Why doesn't anyone understand she has a connecting flight? Why do people not understand her needs?

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

She has a connecting flight. Why doesn’t anyone understand she has a connecting flight? Why do people not understand her needs?

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"Today is Thanksgiving! I'm supposed to be with my family. NOT with you people I barely know!"

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

“Today is Thanksgiving! I’m supposed to be with my family. NOT with you people I barely know!”

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10. Finally, the plane took off. But Gale’s encounter with her was just beginning.

She had to sit down because we took off. She has been muttering "about DAMN time" and I can hear her breathing from 5 rows back

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

She had to sit down because we took off. She has been muttering “about DAMN time” and I can hear her breathing from 5 rows back

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12. That might be because he decided to send her a glass of wine and a note saying he hoped that it would make her talk less.

I sent the lady a glass of wine and a note

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I sent the lady a glass of wine and a note

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14. Gale said he wasn’t the only one frustrated with the angry flier behind him.

The male flight attendant is giving me the "let's just pretend this never happened" face. Shaking his head a lot

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

The male flight attendant is giving me the “let’s just pretend this never happened” face. Shaking his head a lot

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16. A flight attendant clearly took his side.

He gave me two little bottles of vodka but he won't hand them to her. He says I have to do it myself

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

He gave me two little bottles of vodka but he won’t hand them to her. He says I have to do it myself

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18. And Gale began to plot on how he could irritate the woman.

I'm going to do it

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I’m going to do it

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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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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21. The war was only just beginning.

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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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23. But Gale clearly kind of loved it.

I'm not going to lie I am shaking this is so terrifying she is so angry at me it's kind of incredible

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I’m not going to lie I am shaking this is so terrifying she is so angry at me it’s kind of incredible

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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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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26. Then the woman struck back.

The male flight attendant just handed me a note from 7A

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

The male flight attendant just handed me a note from 7A

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From 7A

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

From 7A

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29. Burn!

This means war

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

This means war

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31. Gale plotted his revenge on Diane.

Well I don't know what I'm going to so next but I've got two hours left on this flight and I'm going to retaliate

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

Well I don’t know what I’m going to so next but I’ve got two hours left on this flight and I’m going to retaliate

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33. He sent out a description of her to his more than 35,000 Twitter followers.


Note: He now has more than 130,000.

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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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35. And even tweeted at US Airways in hopes of getting her kicked off the plane.

@USAirwaysHelp hi I find a passenger on one of your planes to be annoying. If I give you money will you remove her? I want to buy her seat

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

@USAirwaysHelp hi I find a passenger on one of your planes to be annoying. If I give you money will you remove her? I want to buy her seat

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37. He prepared for his retaliation.

I'm writing a note as we speak

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I’m writing a note as we speak

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I'm considering balling it up and putting it in my mouth and spitting it into her tray table as I walk by but I haven't decided yet

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I’m considering balling it up and putting it in my mouth and spitting it into her tray table as I walk by but I haven’t decided yet

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40. It got a little intense for a bit there.

I just walked by her and said "I'll be back shortly." Then I stopped and took this picture and smiled at her

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I just walked by her and said “I’ll be back shortly.” Then I stopped and took this picture and smiled at her

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42. The bird is in the nest! Repeat: The bird is in the nest!

I have delivered the note

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I have delivered the note

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My response to "Diane" in 7A

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

My response to “Diane” in 7A

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I can hear her breathing

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I can hear her breathing

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46. Diane shot back with her own threat. It was getting heated.

I have received a response from 7A

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I have received a response from 7A

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Diane has responded #TeamElan #7A #DianeCanEatMyD

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

Diane has responded #TeamElan #7A #DianeCanEatMyD

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49. And of course, Gale couldn’t let her have the last word.

My final (I think) note to Diane in 7A

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

My final (I think) note to Diane in 7A

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51. The plane landed, and the story took a surprisingly violent turn.

Well, "Diane" just slapped me

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

Well, “Diane” just slapped me

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52. Gale concluded the story after making his connecting flight.

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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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She walked right up to me and slapped me immediately in the face

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

She walked right up to me and slapped me immediately in the face

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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

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

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

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I said no

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I said no

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She turned to the gate agent and said "Am I going to make my flight to Sacramento?"

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

She turned to the gate agent and said “Am I going to make my flight to Sacramento?”

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I laughed. And then the gate agent said "Are you sure you don't want to talk to the police? You can if you want to"

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

I laughed. And then the gate agent said “Are you sure you don’t want to talk to the police? You can if you want to”

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And I said "No. It's okay. I understand. But I do have a note for her." And I handed it to her and I walked away

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

And I said “No. It’s okay. I understand. But I do have a note for her.” And I handed it to her and I walked away

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59. This final interaction between them was his final lesson for Diane.

The note said...

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

The note said…

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"Diane, allow me to introduce myself. I am TheYearOfElan..."

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

“Diane, allow me to introduce myself. I am TheYearOfElan…”

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"Look me up online. Read every tweet. Read every response. And maybe next time you'll be nice to people who are just trying to help"

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

“Look me up online. Read every tweet. Read every response. And maybe next time you’ll be nice to people who are just trying to help”

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PS...

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

PS…

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"Eat My Dick"

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

“Eat My Dick”

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Love, Elan

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

Love, Elan

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65. He thanked everyone who tweeted at him and enjoyed the crazy back and forth fight.

Let me just say this: What started off as an annoyance became a pleasure because of you people. Seriously. More than anything. I love you

— elan gale (@theyearofelan)

elan gale

@theyearofelan

Let me just say this: What started off as an annoyance became a pleasure because of you people. Seriously. More than anything. I love you

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66. Despite the holiday, Twitter users were glued to their screens following the Thanksgiving dramatics.

If you're in the bathroom hiding from your family, @theyearofelan's timeline is gold right now.

— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32)

Brandon McCarthy

@BMcCarthy32

If you’re in the bathroom hiding from your family, @theyearofelan’s timeline is gold right now.

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Be thankful your family feud today isn't as bad as @theyearofelan and Diane in 7A on a delayed flight right now.

— Zac Echola (@zacechola)

Zac Echola

@zacechola

Be thankful your family feud today isn’t as bad as @theyearofelan and Diane in 7A on a delayed flight right now.

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69. Update, Dec. 2, 9:40 p.m., ET: Looks like Gale might have pulled one over on all of us, seemingly admitting on Twitter to the whole thing being a hoax.

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