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.
Is your name Katie? Are you from Nova Scotia? Are you travelling around Ireland? Did you recently meet a young lad called Jamie? #findkatie- Niamh Hassell (@niamhhassell) August 1, 2014
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.