Airline passenger exchanges notes, gets slapped by woman he considered rude

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PHOENIX — A man pulled off an epic Thanksgiving Twitter take-down when he decided to tell a woman her behavior was out of line, and ended up getting slapped in the face.

According to the Daily Mail, Elan Gale began tweeting about his Thanksgiving experience Thursday morning when there was an announcement that the flight was behind schedule.

The woman was visibly irate that she may not be able to get home in time for Thanksgiving.

A flight attendant tried to comfort her by saying that everyone was feeling the same way, but she would have none of it.

Gale began tweeting about the experience.

The woman told a flight attendant she needed to get home to family. His response:

Gale decided to send the lady a note and a glass of wine.

The note read:

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 user your mouth to talk!

According to Gale’s tweets, the flight attendent gave  Gale two little vodka bottles and he worked up the nerve to take them to her. He set them on her tray and walked back to his seat.

She sent him a note in return:

It read:

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

The notes continued back and forth.

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 ass 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 d*** Love “Elan”

After that note, Diane wrote a note saying she would be contacting the authorities about his inappropriate behavior.

After the plane landed Gale tweeted that Diane had slapped him.

Then he recapped in a series of tweets:

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

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. I said no.

She turned to the gate agent and said, ‘Am I going to make my flight to Sacramento?’ He said no. 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.

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.

His final note to Diane:

According to Gale’s twitter bio, he’s a producer for ABC’s The Bachelor.

Source: Daily Mail and fox4kc.


    • Holly

      I think both people in this instance were rude and off-base. Why is it so difficult to simply recognize when someone is thinks they are having a worse day than you, or someone who isn’t handling their stress well. All Élan did was add to her stress and make matters worse by feeding the fire. He had zero compassion and was making fun of her. He also has zero idea of her family dynamic! Talk about a “dick”.

      • mopps

        I have a feeling that on a delayed flight ALL PEOPLE are stressing…will I make my connection? Will I get home on time? Her behavior caused stress for everyone around her, including the flight attendants who have no control over these situations anyway. I wonder if other people had extenuating cicrumstances like sick family members.

  • Keith Wilson

    Boy had it been a man slapping a woman there wouldn’t have even been the question asked with regards to the police. They would have arrested him and thrown him UNDER the jail….REGARDLESS of the reason. Men should never hit women nor women should women men, but if a woman does decide to slap me she’d better make it count.

  • Princess Garner

    Hello Elan,

    I applaud you on handling this situation the way you did. You will be blessed. Diane really could’ve of used a swift kick in the rear.. but we can only hope your last note penetrated her selfishness!!

    Peace and blessings to you,


      • troy

        Pat Self, You must act just like she did when you don’t get your way. people like you need to be put in there place. he did it nicely!

  • Gigi

    Thank you Élan, you did what all of us that encounter rude people would love to do…..did you cross the line, no, she needed someone to help her realize just how rude and ridiculous she was being. Although I doubt she got the message, at least you made all of us that have met people such as Dane feel better!

  • Mary Seay

    Oh Elan ~ THANK YOU!! I only wish I could have been on that plane to witness it! I’d have probably seen if you would let me ‘be in on it’ with you!! How wonderful ~ hahaha. I do hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, wherever you were. Many Blessings to you…..

  • Facts Please


    If you had sent a vulgar note to my wife or daughter I would not allow them to slap you. I would politely ram every inch of my fist into your mouth, with love,

    Facts Please

  • Tim

    He might not have a job as a producer on The Bachelor after this episode. I don’t fault him for his notes…the woman was definitely selfish and out of line. I’m no prude, but his profane retorts to her may be what (sadly) puts his job in jeopardy.

  • ami

    It is one thing to call someone out on their bad behavior in an effort to try to help calm a situation, but to call someone lazy for taking a plane is stupid, to tell them you hate them is awful, and then to “eat their *” is just vulgar and out of line. he should have left it alone after the first note. after that last note, he was being as rude and immature as she was.

  • edward cession

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. and for every action there is a reaction. sometime we can set out to do the right thing and get caught up and what started out as good ends up bad for all involed.

  • Holly

    I also love how some assume the woman is “rich”, as if only wealthy people behave this way. For all you know this woman spent her last dime trying to join her family for Thanksgiving. Perhaps someone in her family is terminally ill and this visit or holiday was to be their last together and the stress of missing it was too much for her. I’m trying to highlight how while the woman was behaving badly, most of you are also making assumptions about her. Talk about judgmental! Try having some actual compassion because you haven’t and cannot walk her that lady’s shoes.

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