When two couples were stranded in the U.S. while trying to get back to London via Lisbon, Portugal, they opted for romance — and it paid off, with the two men ultimately getting married.
Caron Luck, an American woman and the founder of cargo-forwarding company Hero Airways, said the incident began after a Eurostar train malfunctioned, causing the passengers on board to be stranded on the train. She said she later learned that her husband-to-be Scott Rumble and his German fiancee Lianne Kremper had also boarded the train without a ticket, which was why they were together. The couple began tweeting and FaceTiming with other passengers on the train; when they noticed that Random Girl Humpers, a Facebook group for women wanting to have sex with men, were tweeting at them and asking for help, they started talking to the group on a regular basis. They each proposed marriage (or at least planned to) to their respective other halves.
And, with help from Lady Gaga, them decided to get married after being dumped by one of the men. The two women agreed to marry in Lisbon, and the two couples—while stuck in different bunk beds on the trains, separated by two miles of train tracks—proceeded to sleep together on the train, get along, and get dressed to go out.
And then they woke up in Lisbon. https://t.co/dkKWK9zYLx — Maria Luck (@marialikluck) August 18, 2016
Caron’s version of the story may have slipped into some unusual territory. The scenes in the internet video shared on Twitter are unsettling at times, and the pictures used in the story of the couple happily dancing through the industrial port are by no means realistic. But neither story is as rare as one might imagine. It happened, for example, in 1992 when three American women were stranded in Nigeria while trying to return to the U.S. They too began to tweet with the crew of the Nigeria Eastern Airways, which was also stranded because it didn’t have a ticket-holder. The entire saga, documented on a CNN documentary “The Long Road Home,” included other couples, as well as some other problems, such as missing ticket prices and the woman’s fiancee getting kicked off the plane.
One such incident, though, proved even more unusual. New York resident Isabelle Zeine, who was preparing to marry her boyfriend Maik Regdiana, a Romanian national, decided to start tweeting her story to the crews of several of the airlines on the Gulf Stream, including British Airways and Scandinavian Airlines. And after every flight was delayed due to malfunctioning equipment, she got to use the service and Facebook group LinkedIn group to stay in touch with Regdiana. Zeine ended up marrying Regdiana; the wedding took place in 1996 and she then met another man.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.