The mysterious woman who claimed that her seatmate was not real and demanded to be let off an American Airlines flight has been identified as a Texas marketing executive. How was she able to keep her identity a secret for so long?
Mysterious Woman Who Ranted Her Seatmate On American Airlines Was Not “Real” Is Identified
Bree Dail, who writes on Substack, filed a Freedom of Information Request with the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Police asking for the incident report. It was provided to her and she unmasked the distressed passenger as 38-year-old Tiffany Gomas of Lakewood, Texas.
As Dail notes, the fact that she is a marketing executive is key. Within hours of the incident, her attorney sent out threats to online publications…and blogs…threatening litigation over stories about his client (laughable). All social media content was scrubbed. In a sense, she just disappeared…until now. I must commend Gomas for (almost) successfully erasing herself from the internet.
But this isn’t the European Union with the strictest of privacy laws nor is this doxxing:
You should learn what that term means.
She was charged with at least two crimes, and had a video go viral, doing this—to include making statements of threat that caused an entire plane to be disembarked and security swept.
Tiffany lost her reasonable expectation of privacy.
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) August 7, 2023
The police report reveals a few new facts about the case.
- The problem began when Gomas accused relatives she was traveling with of stealing her AirPods
- She “then started claiming the aircraft was not safe and did not want the aircraft to leave due to her believing it would not make it to its destination”
- Flight attendants determined the entire aircraft should be re-screened
- Gomas was denied boarding, but refused to leave the secure area of the airport
- Police were dispatched and escorted her outside the security checkpoint, issuing her a verbal trespass notice
- Meanwhile, every passenger on AA1009 from Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW) to Orlando (MCO) had to exit the aircraft so the TSA could screen the aircraft
- Gomas came back through the TSA checkpoint “multiple” times for reasons that are not clear (perhaps to try to catch another flight?)
- Police later found her on the terminal curb waiting for an Uber
- By this point, she had been identified to police by American Airlines, but refused to provide the police her ID nor sign the trespass complaint against her
- She was never formally arrested or taken into custody
Her video went totally viral…there was something so strange about it, yet like a slow-moving train wreck, people could not take their eyes off it.
Now we know who she is and a bit more about what happened, but it is really not clear what happens next…
(H/T: Mike V)