It's been a little over one month since Tiffany Gomas broke the internet with her Final Destination remarks. In early July 2023, Gomas – with her sleek bun, long lashes, and simple outfit – made headlines after claiming that a passenger on a plane was "not real."
The moment was caught on video by a witness and quickly went viral shortly after it was uploaded to TikTok. The clip showcases the plane preparing to take off as a blonde woman walks down the aisle. "I'm telling you, I'm getting the f*ck off, and there's a reason why I'm getting the f*ck off," she yells as she eyes the back of the plane. "And everyone can either believe it or they can not believe it. I don't give two f*cks."
"But I am telling you right now, that motherf*cker back there is not real," she adds, pointing at someone. The flight from Dallas to Orlando was forced to deplane after Gomas's eerie claims.
The video was enough to prompt endless memes from social media users, even fueling speculations about what she saw. Some TikTokers believed she saw a reptilian or an alien, among other things. Everyone wanted to know what this mysterious woman saw on the plane on that fateful day in Dallas.
For weeks, no one knew who this "plane lady" was – until she eventually got doxxed. Gomas now has to live with the terrifying struggles of going viral. To make matters worse, The Daily Mail published an article featuring her house on it, even though she told them that the aftermath has been "frightening." "My life has been blown up. It's frightening. Things go viral, and everything changes," she tells the site.
"No one knows anyone else's story, and no one should judge," she states. "No one knows what it's like."
People won't leave Gomas alone – and The Daily Mail took it a step further and unashamedly posted paparazzi photos of her in their article. "They're staking out my house. They're staking out my neighbors. They're going through my mail," she says. "So much of what's out there is inaccurate." When she was asked for "specifics," she declined to comment, so we still don't know what her statement on the plane meant or why she said it. It seems we won't get answers any time soon, and we should all be fine with that. Gomas doesn't owe us an explanation.
Behind every viral video or news story is a real person with emotions. It's clear Gomas didn't consent to her actions being broadcasted to the internet. Unfortunately, lots of people are comfortable these days with recording strangers. Last month, many news outlets labeled Gomas "crazy" and "hysterical" even when they lacked details about the situation. These false claims are enough to make anyone hide from the public to protect their safety and sanity. Gomas's name wasn't the only thing that's been revealed to the world these past few weeks – it was also her workplace and home address, exposing her to constant harassment from crazy people who have no respect for boundaries.
It was all fun and games while we were left to our imaginations regarding what she saw on that plane, but maybe we should have left it at that. Our pursuit of information doesn't need to override the safety of someone's livelihood and privacy.
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