Imagine being aboard an airplane, 35,000 feet in the air, and the unexpected happens? There isn’t much you can do when en-route from Point A to Point B…except make the most of it. Four passengers boarded a flight one warm July day…what they didn’t realize was that their lives would be drastically changed from here on out…
It all started on a seemingly normal day in July, the 3rd day of the month to be exact. Alaska Airlines Flight 3327 would be making the 4 hour trek from New York’s JFK airport to Dallas’ Fort Worth airport. The New Yorkers on the flight were most-likely traveling to Texas to enjoy a summer trip with their families and friends over the 4th of July holiday, while the Texas natives were returning home from a fun-filled tour of the Big Apple. Whether en-route to an fun-filled getaway, or back to a place called home-sweet-home; all of the passengers were both excited and anxious to reach their desired destinations. A seemingly normal flight turned otherwise for four passengers in rows 11 and 12…
We’ve all been there…you book your flight last minute and don’t manage to get a seat with the person/people you’re traveling with. For an especially long flight, surviving the trek could rely on sharing an armrest with your best bud. You’re getting situated, headphones in, gum snapping; when you’re politely asked by a fellow passenger if you wouldn’t mind switching seats so that they could sit next to their loved one. Those who booked early to avoid this mishap may not be so willing to move, but those traveling alone may feel a bit more willing to help out. Helen* (named changed for privacy reasons) was this single traveler we mentioned, so when asked by a couple to switch seats, she complied willingly. Little did Helen know, she would be in for quite a surprise when arriving to her new seat…
Who Is Rosey Blair?
The woman who asked Helen to switch seats joked on her twitter account saying “last night on a flight home, my boyfriend (Houston Hardaway) and I asked a woman to switch seats with me so we could sit together. We made a joke that maybe her new seat partner would be the love of her life, how funny would that be”! The woman happened to be a famous comedian, fashion blogger and plus-size model named Rosey Blair. She and Houston were traveling home to Dallas after a fun week spent in the city that never sleeps. Rosey and her boyfriend were very grateful for the young woman’s (Helen) kindness. They could now cozy up next to each other for their flight home, the perfect ending to an even more perfect getaway.
Helen sat down in her new seat, smiled politely to her new neighbor, and quickly settled in before take-off. Most people exchange a few words back and forth with those next to them, but then retreat to their own world soon after. However, Helen and the mysterious man sitting to her right, were in a completely different ballpark. They instantly hit it off, sharing their life stories with one another, discovering that they had quite a lot in common. Helen felt instantly connected to her fellow passenger, shocked at how comfortable and at ease she felt with a total stranger.
As Luck Would Have It…
Rosey and Houston (pictured) weren’t the only two left happy by the seat change! Helen smiled and told herself she had to thank this woman sitting behind her for providing her the most perfect traveling mate of all! If Rosey hadn’t asked Helen to switch seats, Helen would have never had the opportunity to strike up a conversation with this mystery man. The two would have never known how much they had in common, had they not been sitting next to each another! Not only did Helen enjoy talking to this guy, he wasn’t too hard to look at either… Rosey Blair the unconscious match-maker?
LIVE Via Twitter
Little did Helen and her newfound friend know, they were being documented via LIVE Social Media…the entire time! Rosey and her boyfriend, Houston, were seated right behind Helen, and they noticed the two talking and laughing with one another. Rosey took the opportunity to post photos on her Twitter account, keeping her followers in the loop on this lucky seating arrangement. The comedian has quite a strong social media following, the story reached people worldwide in a matter of seconds!
Who Is The Mystery Man In Seat 11F?
Are you jumping out of your seat, restless to know who Helen’s mysterious neighbor is on Flight 3327? We sure are too! So, he happens to be not your ordinary traveler, this man is actually quite familiar with the insides of airplanes, since he travels quite often for work. The mystery man goes by the name Euan Holden, and he happens to be a retired professional soccer player! How cool is that! Born in the UK, he is Scottish-American, and attended the University Of Connecticut and the University Of New Mexico before becoming pro. In the year 2010, he was drafted to the Houston Dynamo. He now resides in Texas, where he continues to live a life in the spotlight as a highly sought-after model.
The craziest part of this whole story is that neither Helen, nor Euan, had any idea they were being documented throughout the entire flight. Rosey continued to post throughout the remainder of the Alaska Airlines flight. In this tweet she writes, “she pretty, he hunky, we excited”. Looks like Rosey had nothing better to do than eavesdrop on her neighbors and put it on social media!
No Meat, Please
She is receiving quite an out-pour of love from fans now…they are tweeting to her how they are glued to their screens, just waiting for her next tweet. This only causes Rosey to get even more into it and she continues to post for her audience. “Guess what, they have been talking non-stop since we took off. They’re both personal trainers. They have touched arms a few times. They are both vegetarians.”
Since the two are vegetarians and not vegans, they share a cheese plate on board the flight. “No one ordered drinks, but they sharing a cheese (protein) board!” Rosey, of course, posts the epic moment, and their first date meal…yummy airplane food! We have to admit, Rosey’s boyfriend Houston looks just as excited as she is!
Taking Major Steps!
Rosey continues to follow the couple’s story, keeping her quite entertained for the remainder of the flight. She tweets “she just put her head on his shoulder for like a second!!”, “Breaking. They just left for the bathroom at the SAME TIME”. We don’t know who is more excited, Rosey or her followers!
And It Continues…
This time Rosey isn’t playing any games…she is looking to see if either Helen or Euan are married! She tweets, “no wedding rings in sight!!! (followed by a bunch of emojis)”. This is getting serious…fast! We wonder what Helen and Euan would say about Rosey’s spying! She is getting quite personal, if we do say so ourselves…
WiFi & Romance
This flight just took a turn for the worst. How do you get through a flight with no TV’s? Stream on your smartphone, right? What if there’s no WiFi for you to stream?! Ugh oh…this is going to be an epic-ly long flight. Good thing Rosey found a way to get some WiFi on the charter from NYC, or our Live coverage would be Live no more! She posted, “FYI everyone. I lost my free hour of WiFi, so I paid for WiFi just to keep you posted lmao” and “this baby keeps waving at them saying “hi” and they are waving back at the baby. The baby senses the love. I can’t make this sh** up. There is no TV on this flight but there is WiFi and romance!!”
No AC Either?!
We can’t believe it! Not only does this plane have no TV, and bad WiFi…it also has no AC! Rosey tried to focus on things other than the heat, aka Helen and Euan. She tweets, “Important detail. This plane has no A.C. The flight attendants keep handing out water. Why would you sit closer to your seat partner unless you wanna SMOOCH?!” and, “They just started talking about what they want out of life. Marriage, kids, etc. He says he’s been too dedicated to his fitness to pursue relationships. That’s all I got now, they are talking so QUIET!!!”
The Ship Has Landed
Alaska Airlines Flight 3327 has finally landed! Helen and Euan’s lives will be forever altered after their unusual experience aboard. We’re sure Rosey and Houston’s lives will also be changed from the interesting encounter they experienced. Don’t worry…Rosey made sure to document the pair after landing. She was even nice enough to blur out their faces. Looks like Euan was fixing his hair before dis-embarking the plane…gotta look good for his plane bae! We even got a glimpse of Houston sneaking out from their seats in row 12.
After touching down in Dallas, a friend contacted Euan and told him to check out the hashtag #planebae on Twitter. Low, and behold…Euan himself was the one and only plane bae! The hashtag took off, becoming a worldwide sensation. Euan tweeted at Rosey Blair saying “Hilarious, knew you were taking pictures”…we can’t believe it, guess Rosey wasn’t too slick after all! Although Euan was happy and excited about the attention, Helen was not, wishing her identity be kept secret.
Rosey’s Twitter posts reached such a wide audience (339,000 retweets to be exact), that she and Euan were contacted by NBC’s The Today Show for an appearance. Euan had only great things to say about Helen; “she’s a very, very, very lovely girl. Attractive and beautiful, and has a lot to say for herself, very intelligent.” Helen chose not to be interviewed, Euan described her as a very private person. He also said the two have been in touch and are planning to meet up again.
We Stand With Helen
Although, we believe Rosey and Houston had no ill intentions when posting the Twitter thread, we think there was still damage done. While many people enjoyed the entertaining nature of Rosey’s posts, and were very excited for the lovebirds, others were less than pleased. Many found it to be an invasion of privacy and stalker-ish. Would you want your private conversations recorded and shared with the world? Yeah, neither would we.
Helen Speaks Out, Rosey Apologizes
Helen ends up investing in a lawyer after being publicly shamed and threatened by people on her Instagram account. The young woman and her lawyer put out a statement regarding the entire situation. Many people stand with Helen, and believe that what Rosey did was completely unacceptable and a violation of one’s privacy and rights as a citizen. Rosey publicly apologizes via Twitter for her actions.
All we can do now is look toward the future. Although this was intended to be a heart-warming story about two people meeting aboard an airplane, it definitely took a different spin. As a society just need to be a tad bit more aware of other peoples’ lives and the impact we may be having on them. May #planebae serve as a story that gives singles hope for the future, and as a reminder to us all, that our privacy is sacred.