The “Slap” and Breakup Heard ‘Round the World, 12.05.2013

We like to think that most folks spent their Thanksgivings like we did – surrounded by loved ones and eating our weight in our favorite foods.

Some people, however, had a much more eventful holiday. As illustrated by FlightAware’s Misery Map, delays ran rampant over the holiday weekend, causing thousands of travelers undue stress as they tried to reunite with their families. The Thanksgiving travel insanity also led to one of the most infamous exchanges of 2013. We’re referring to Elan Gale’s (@theyearofelan) heated, but mostly nonverbal, communication with fellow air traveler “Diane." Internet spectators watched in suspense as Elan and “Diane’s” missives became less and less civil as their flight wore on, eventually culminating in a physical altercation.

That escalated quickly.

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