The now-viral story of a man who “falls in love” an entire flight with a passenger named Paul has left the internet amused.
the story was posted on tiktok By Brian Minerali on Sunday. It has garnered over 1 million views and over 183,000 likes, highlighting a relatively common phenomenon within the air travel industry – overselling.
“It’s a story of how an entire Southwest flight fell in love with a guy named Paul,” Minerali said at the beginning of her video.
At the time, Minerali said, there was some delay in the flight.
“They boarded us about half an hour late, and that happens, which is to be expected,” Minelli explained. “But what we didn’t expect is that once we got on the plane, they would keep us at the gate for two hours.”
It was during this time that the plane’s passengers were introduced to Paul – a father whose two children “didn’t handle the delay well.”
Paul told his fellow passengers that he was supposed to travel with his wife, their children and their newborn, but that his original flight was oversold. As a result, the family was separated.
“The whole plane was in Paul’s team,” said Minerali, adding that everyone offered to help Paul with the kids.
according to this britannica“Overselling” is the practice of selling “more spots than there are seats on the plane”.
Britannica explained, “The reason why airlines routinely oversell their seats is because of the airline’s expense for canceling seats and for passengers not arriving to fly.”
Britannica continued, “Empty seats are not profitable, so overbooking allows the airline to ensure that every seat on the plane is making money for them.” “The no-show rate, which helps airlines determine how many additional tickets to sell, is determined by data from previous flights connecting the same point.”
The US Department of Transportation said that in most cases, airlines “predict no-shows correctly.” Still, things happen, and passengers sometimes get “bumped” as a result of the practice.
Minerali said he and the rest of the plane’s passengers were outraged that Paul and his family had been hit by their original flight. So, when Paul was asked to leave the flight to Mineralny due to weight issues, three men voluntarily asked to go in Paul’s place. However, Paul was still asked to leave the plane.
Of course, this only further upset the plane’s passengers, but their anger soon subsided after the flight attendant told Paul that Paul had reunited with his wife on a different flight.
“Like the whole plane, ‘Victory!'” said Minerali.
newsweek Reached out to Mineraly for comment.
Commenters were enthralled by the story and hoped that the video would somehow reach Paul.
David Bergman wrote, “Please let this story find Paul and tell him that there are thousands of people ready to riot at his call.”
“I’m invested in this story now! Hope you find Paul!” Sandra Moss said.
Ren added: “I need to know that Paul and his family have reached home safely. I am in Australia but I still need to know.”
Minerali’s video is not the first of its kind to go viral. Last week, a Spirit Airlines passenger grabbed the internet’s attention after he claimed in the now-viral TikTok that his flight left early without warning.
In other airline-related news, a video of a young girl thanking a pair of pilots after their flight garnered more than 3.4 million views on TikTok last week. And on Monday, footage of the Northern Lights taken from an airplane made headlines.