It's never wise to get into a feud with another passenger during a cross-country flight, especially over the holidays.
One Los Angeles man figured this out when his "note war" with a fellow passenger ended up with him getting slapped.
Elan Gale was traveling home to see his family for Thanksgiving, when he got into a "note war" with a fellow passenger who had been complaining about the flight being delayed.
Gale, who is a producer for the ABC network shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," initially started tweeting about a female passenger identified as "Diane." Before the flight even boarded, Gale started to tweet that she was complaining about the delay. (His full account can be found here.)
Our flight is delayed. A woman on here is very upset because she has Thanksgiving plans. She is the only one obviously. Praying for her— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 28, 2013
Initially Gale seemed content to write about the woman, who was complaining about possibly missing her connection, on his Twitter feed. But then Gale heard the woman snap at a flight attendant.
The male flight attendant said "I understand ma'am. I'm looking forward to seeing my family too." She responded "This isn't about you"— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 28, 2013
After the flight took off, Gale decided to deliver a message by having the flight attendant bring the woman a drink with a chastising note.
I sent the lady a glass of wine and a note pic.twitter.com/GttnmQI25P— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 28, 2013
According to Gale, the woman did not appear to appreciate the note which read in part, "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. Love Elan"
After overhearing the woman angrily complain to the flight attendant, Gale left two bottles of vodka on her tray himself. She responded with a note of her own.
Rather than stopping the war of words, Gale continued, and even tweeted at US Airways offering to buy her ticket if that meant she would be thrown off the flight.
@USAirwaysHelp hi I find a passenger on one of your planes to be annoying. If I give you money will you remove her? I want to buy her seat— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 28, 2013
Eventually, Gale wrote a second note, this time delivered without wine and with approximately two hours of flying time to go.
"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,)" wrote Gale, who finished his note with an insult that we can't include here.
It's unclear if any actual words were spoken. But the woman responded with another note, this time threatening to call law enforcement.
Gale, apparently unfazed by her threat, wrote one more note that basically reiterated his insult from the previous letter.