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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.
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
What’s next? Andrew Yang and Cory Booker sitting an aisle apart.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).