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Man tracks down plane love interest through hashtags


While many travelers loathe airplanes for their cramped spaces and lack of privacy, Jamie Kelly has a slightly different perspective -- he may have found the love of his life up in the skies.

According to news.com.au, Kelly, a 24-year-old from Galway, Ireland, recently sat next to a woman named Katie Moreau on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Dublin. After striking up a conversation and chatting throughout the flight, the two lost each other after entering separate customs lines at the Dublin airport.

Once he returned home, Kelly decided to try to find Moreau despite only knowing her first name and that she was from Nova Scotia, Canada. After a Facebook search, a call to the airline and an appearance on an Irish radio show all proved to be dead ends, he decided to use a more creative tactic. According to The Daily Dot, Kelly and his friends launched a Twitter campaign using the hashtags #loveatfirstflight and #findkatie.
The campaign eventually worked when one of Moreau's relatives came across it online. It turns out that 27-year-old Moreau tried to look for "the handsome Irishman" at the airport, but she didn't want to seem too desperate. After the two were put in touch once again, she told CBC News she was "very surprised and flattered" by Kelly's efforts.

"When I was on the plane I talked to him incessantly because I had just been traveling for two months in Italy and Spain and it was just so nice to be around English speaking people, plus I'm a talker," she said. "We had lots in common plus he was very easy on the eyes."

Even though Kelly had to go through extensive lengths to find Moreau, it looks as if his efforts are paying off. According to UK newspaper Metro, the pair are currently chatting online and plan to meet each other again very soon.

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grudgrime August 05 2014 at 5:06 PM

Sweet..I hope it works out for them. Sometimes you just "know"!

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Susan August 05 2014 at 5:26 PM

great story

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jmasiulewicz August 05 2014 at 2:53 PM

So I guess if there's a happy romantic ending it's not called cyber stalking.

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Pllc15 August 05 2014 at 11:49 PM

ditto - great story. Twitter does have its value for those engaged with others.

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jbdavidson August 05 2014 at 11:03 PM

Best advice my uncle ever gave me....never be afraid to ask a woman for her phone number.

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chaparita0728 August 05 2014 at 8:10 PM

I hope it doesn't take as long as Linklater's "Before" Trilogy.

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chaparita0728 August 05 2014 at 8:08 PM

Oh, Alfalfa, you're so romantical! (love the story)

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isisreptiles August 05 2014 at 5:02 PM

It all seems rather stalker-ish to me. Hope it's a happy ending for them.

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chaparita0728 isisreptiles August 05 2014 at 8:11 PM

I don't think stalkers include friends and family in this manner.

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pmurrayr isisreptiles August 06 2014 at 4:44 AM

It's only stalking after she says no...

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derekemartin August 05 2014 at 3:32 PM

Stalking?

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mh9371b August 06 2014 at 12:20 AM

#barf

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