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The woman at the centre of 'airplane love story' has broken her silence, and isn't happy

‘I did not ask for and do not seek attention.’

REMEMBER WHEN A woman named Rosey Blair took it upon herself to document a private exchange between two strangers without their consent?

And then remember when she posted the results of her surveillance online, complete with images, quotes and observations?

Yeah, it turns out that the woman who was being filmed really isn’t too happy that Blair did that. Who’d have thought it?

So, while Twitter went into meltdown over the ‘real-time romcom’ which played out on their newsfeed and Rosey Blair basked in the thousands of likes that rolled her way, the subject of the pseudo love story subsequently bore the brunt of criticism and harassment.

Interestingly, there has, over the last number of days, been an increase in the number of people condemning the blatant invasion of privacy, with Rosey Blair herself issuing an apology for her decision to use someone’s else private life as fodder for her social media stats.

But while Blair bleated apologies, Twitter backtracked on its initial excitement, the woman at the centre had yet to be heard.

Until now, that is.

Issuing a statement to Business Insider, she reveals that she has endured online shaming and harassment, and reminds the public that what took place was wrong on many levels.

I am a young professional woman. On July 2, I took a commercial flight from New York to Dallas. Without my knowledge or consent, other passengers photographed me and recorded my conversation with a seatmate. They posted images and recordings to social media, and speculated unfairly about my private conduct.
Since then, my personal information has been widely distributed online. Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information. I have been doxxed, shamed, insulted and harassed. Voyeurs have come looking for me online and in the real world.
I did not ask for and do not seek attention. #PlaneBae is not a romance – it is a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent. Please continue to respect my privacy, and my desire to remain anonymous.

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