In the photo, Buttigieg is sitting in the window seat a row behind Klobuchar, who was sitting in an aisle seat.
The seat pairing was similar to one that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had earlier this year. In the photo, Sanders was sitting a row in front of Warren and another man was dubbed “Middle Seat Guy.” It quickly became a meme.
As for Tuesday’s photo of Buttigieg and Klobuchar—which was snapped just ahead of the third Democratic presidential debate—the Indiana mayor decided to share it himself.
“Very funny, @united,” Buttigieg tweeted, tagging the airline.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 10, 2019
The 2020 hopeful eventually got a response from United.
“Hey Pete, we thought you two might want to talk debate strategies before the big night Thursday. ^RY,” United responded.
Hey Pete, we thought you two might want to talk debate strategies before the big night Thursday. ^RY
— United Airlines (@united) September 10, 2019
While there was no galvanizing meme like the previous candidates-on-a-plane photo, many people took the opportunity to crack jokes.
There are so many candidates, you can hardly get on a domestic flight without sitting next to one of them… https://t.co/1j214ScBJC
— Sara Just (@sarajust) September 10, 2019
poor Pete gonna have to spend the whole flight watching Amy eat her salad with a comb https://t.co/XgzMBiM9n0
— Casey Dolan (@thecaseydolan) September 10, 2019
Centrists on a plane https://t.co/UxTNBbWKfw
— Gibu (@TheAlphaRanga) September 11, 2019
… "you are now free to campaign about the cabin." https://t.co/swIV7GHIms
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) September 11, 2019
While others seemed charmed by it.
I… I almost stan https://t.co/xTRKzWjgHO
— Ted (@RealTedEdmonson) September 11, 2019
I want to be on this plane! https://t.co/vP8dxXF9mO
— Bizzi (@bizzimomma2) September 11, 2019
— Lisa Burns (@LBurns66) September 10, 2019
What’s next? Andrew Yang and Cory Booker sitting an aisle apart.