Love at first flight: Social media campaign helps Irish man find mystery women he lost on a flight
Published 03/08/2014 | 19:11
A Galway romeo who launched a social media campaign and took to the national radio to find the girl that he fell for on a flight has finally been reunited with her.
Jamie Kelly (24) claims that he “made a connection” with Katie, a pretty Canadian girl who sat next to him on their flight to Dublin last Thursday.
He explained how they “ended up talking the whole flight and really hit it off” but sadly got separated when they went through customs.
Love-struck Jamie took to social media with the #loveatfirstflight campaign before going on the national airwaves to try and find the mysterious Katie.
Speaking to Ray D’Arcy on TodayFM on Friday, he explained how he lost her at passport control.
“We walked from the plane into the terminal together and stayed talking until we reached the passport control. She went to follow me through the EU only lane but I pointed her towards the non-EU resident’s line.
“I waited outside the passport control for her for about 10 minutes.
“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.
“I came back out, waited for another few minutes – no sign.
“The last time I saw her, I just pointed at a sign, Ray. No goodbye or contact details,” he explained.
The mystery girl turned out to be 27-year-old Katie Moreau from Nova Scotia.
After a Canadian news website picked up on the story, one of Katie’s relatives contacted a friend of Jamie’s to put them in contact.
A relative of Katie’s heard the story when a news website in Canada picked up on it. She got in touch with a friend of Jamie’s online to say she knew who Katie was.
Canadian news website CBC News got in touch with Katie who told them she too was looking for Jamie after they got separated but she “didn’t want to seem too desperate”.
She explained that she was “surprised and flattered” at the lengths Jamie went to to get in touch with her.
“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.
"We had lots in common plus he was very easy on the eyes.
"I suppose, in hindsight, looking a but longer wouldn't seem as desperate in comparison."
She said that they have since been talking online and plan to meet up next week.