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‘Not real’: Airplane woman makes headlines again one year after nuclear meltdown by flying planes

Tiffany Gomas, the passenger behind the viral rant that the plane wasn't real, is taking social media by storm again for appearing to fly a plane.

In July 2023, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Chicago caused a stir after she launched into a tirade against a fellow passenger who she claimed was “not real.”

Her tirade was the talk of the town for weeks and made her a veritable internet star. Now, almost a year later, the aviator – Tiffany Gomas – is making the rounds again.

On June 17, 2024, Gomas posted a video on Twitter/X showing her in the co-pilot seat of an airplane, seemingly controlling the aircraft.

“I went from freaking out on airplanes to flying,” she wrote alongside a series of crying-laughing emojis.

“We’re taking off!” the pilot of the spaceship in the seat next to her can be heard saying off-screen.

“Should I give it back to you?” asked Gomas – but the pilot refused and apparently left control to her.

Gomas' video has been viewed over 670,000 times at the time of writing, sparking both panic and humor among viewers. In a reply to her post, she clarified some details, saying she was in a “non-critical phase of flight” above 10,000 feet.

“The only people on board the flight were my family,” she said, adding that she was returning to America from a trip to Jamaica.

“You've come a long way,” wrote one viewer. “You'll never know how much joy the freak out video and all the memes that followed brought me. Seriously, I'm glad you were able to make it your own. Laugh it off and move on.”

“Great job!” said another. “As a captain, I can say with certainty: This plane is real.”

Overall, Gomas seems to take the jokes in stride, although there are plenty of memes poking fun at her. Even SNL parodied the viral incident in a skit – which drew laughter online.

Gomas firmly believes that “one moment doesn’t define you, but it can define your life’s purpose.” She was determined to make lemonade out of lemons after the “worst moment” of her life became the internet’s biggest fixation.