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.

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

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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?

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

I'm going to do it

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

26. Then the woman struck back.

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

From 7A

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

29. Burn!

This means war

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

37. He prepared for his retaliation.

I'm writing a note as we speak

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

I have delivered the note

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

My response to "Diane" in 7A

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

I can hear her breathing

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

I have received a response from 7A

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

Diane has responded #TeamElan #7A #DianeCanEatMyD

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

Well, "Diane" just slapped me

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

I said no

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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"

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

The note said...

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

"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"

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

PS...

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

"Eat My Dick"

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

Love, Elan

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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

— theyearofelan (@elan gale)

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.

— BMcCarthy32 (@Brandon McCarthy)

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

— zacechola (@Zac Echola)

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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