Jamie Kelly, Katie Moreau, Love at First Flight


When we fly, we end up next to large men who keep pieces of pizza in their back pockets. And then they whip them out as soon as we're in the air so it makes the entire cabin smell like body odor and garlic all the way from Indianapolis to Los Angeles.*

But hooray for this girl who sat next to a dreamy, romantic Irish lad. Yay, you. (We guess).

OK, we can't be bitter for long because this story is actually really adorable.

Jamie Kelly, a 24-year-old from Galway, was on a flight from Barcelona to Dublin last week. On the plane he met a girl named Katie, and the two hit it off and spent the entire flight talking and possibly making goo-goo eyes at each other.

But alas! Before he could get her phone number or even her last name, Jamie lost track of her when they got to customs in Dublin. And all because he just had to empty his bladder.

"See, I was so engrossed during the flight and being the gentleman that I am, I didn't want to go to the toilet in front of this beautiful girl so I used the time I had at the passport control to nip to the loo," Jamie told TodayFM's Ray D'Arcy. "I came back out, waited for another few minutes. No sign."

Yet another reason airport bathrooms ruin lives. After an unsuccessful attempt at tracking her down on Facebook and getting zero help from the airline, all hope seemed lost for Jamie.

But with Twitter, it's easier than ever to stalk find someone.

All he knew was her first name and that she was from Nova Scotia, so Jamie enlisted his friends and they launched a social media campaign to find her using the hashtags #findkatie and #loveatfirstflight. 

Through the power of the Internet and human kindness (but mostly the Internet), Katie was tracked down by Canada's CBC News, and the pair reconnected online.

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

Katie and Jamie are reportedly planning to meet in person this week. We only hope they live-tweet the meeting so we can all be a part of the love story that the Internet is now so heavily invested in.

No pressure, you two.

*actual flight experience had by writer

(H/T Buzzfeed)

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