That Plane Love Match We Were All Excited About? Well, the Story Wasn’t So Heartwarming After All
Oh, man. This “happy” story has had a very unhappy ending. A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the story of the love match on a plane. Twitter user Rosey Blair live-tweeted the saga after asking a stranger to change seats with her on a flight. The two strangers who ended up sitting next to one another seemed to really hit it off. Blair kept her followers updated through every arm touch and aspect of the conversation. When the plane landed, the strangers seemed to exit the airport together, leading everyone to assume a match was made! But once the dust settled, things looked a lot different. Especially for the poor, unsuspecting woman who switched seats with Blair. A plane love match this was NOT.
The plane love match turned into an incredible hassle for the woman involved. She was doxxed, harassed, and had to delete her social media accounts.
Even though Blair blurred out the faces of the two people involved, the man came forward and was more than happy to bask in this newfound internet fame. Professional soccer-player-turned-model Euan Holden identified himself as the man in the seat coupling, and even started tagging his tweets with #PlaneBae after the story went viral.
Mornin’ world 🌎…? You guys are cracking me up with ‘PlaneBae’. Where do I even start the day? Breakfast?
— Euan Holden (@EuanHolden) July 4, 2018
But the woman chose to stay anonymous. Unfortunately, being anonymous on the internet is nearly impossible. Especially since Blair encouraged her followers to find the woman’s identity (she has since deleted that tweet).
Except for the now removed video in which she encouraged people to find the woman (who I won't name) since they weren't given explicit "permish". She should've said something along the lines of "she hasn't given permission so we're leaving her alone and you should too"
— katie 🏳️🌈 (@basicspice) July 10, 2018
The result was horrific for the poor woman. She was identified, doxxed, and harassed on the internet. In the original tweets, Blair insinuated that Holden and the woman did more than go to the bathroom at the same time. It was incredibly damaging to her reputation.
She has deleted all her social media accounts, and has released a statement through her lawyer.
“I am a young professional woman. On July 2, I took a commercial flight from New York to Dallas. Without my knowledge or consent, other passengers photographed me and recorded my conversation with a seatmate. They posted images and recordings to social media, and speculated unfairly about my private conduct.
“Since then, my personal information has been widely distributed online. Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information. I have been doxxed, shamed, insulted and harassed. Voyeurs have come looking for me online and in the real world.
“I did not ask for and do not seek attention. #PlaneBae is not a romance – it is a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.
“Please continue to respect my privacy, and my desire to remain anonymous.”
Blair tweeted out an apology for her role in the entire mess.
— Rosey Blair (@roseybeeme) July 10, 2018
This plane love match turned into an actual nightmare for the woman involved, and I personally feel horrible for amplifying the story. I hope she’s able to find a resolution and peace after all of this.
(Image: iStock / AlxeyPnferov)