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

wine note

Update: All the tweets sent out by Elan Gale may have been fabricated by him in an attempt to ‘trick the internet.’ See story here about the possible hoax.

PHOENIX — A man on a Thanksgiving flight to Phoenix nervously decided to tell a woman that her behavior was out-of-line, and it ended with a slap to the face.

According to Daily Mail, Elan Gale began tweeting about his Thanksgiving experience at about 11 a.m. when there was an announcement that the flight was behind schedule.

The note Elan sent to her with the wine said:

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!

According to Gale, the flight attendant then gave him two little vodka bottles, and Gale worked up the courage to give them to her. He got up, pretended to walk toward the bathroom, and on his way set them on her tray. He tweeted that she stared at him REALLY hard and was breathing through her teeth.

After a few more tweets about how nervous and excited he was, Gale received a note from the woman in seat 7A. It said:

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


Then things got even uglier. Elan wrote a note back to Diane and said he considered wadding up the note in a ball, sticking it in his mouth and spitting it out at her. The note (with a warning about profanities) read:

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 one back to Elan to tell him she would be contacting authorities about his inappropriate behavior. Elan wrote her another note in which he told her she should be sure to tell the authorities about her cannibalism.

After the plane landed and they were in the terminal, Elan tweeted: “Well, Diane just slapped me.”

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 message to Diane:

Gale’s twitter bio says he is a producer at ABC’s The Bachelor.

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