Man Meets His Exact Lookalike On A Plane, Takes The Happiest Selfie

They were seated right next to each other!

31/10/2015 2:01 AM AEDT | Updated 31/10/2015 6:49 AM AEDT

Most travelers can't wait for their airplane seatmate to stop talking. But if you found yourself seated next to your exact doppelganger, you'd probably never want to stop bonding. 

U.K. photographer Neil Thomas Douglas took a Ryanair flight to Galway, Ireland Thursday night to photograph a wedding. Upon boarding, he found his near-perfect twin sitting right next to him. "I couldn't believe it!" he told HuffPost.

Lee Beattie, a friend of Douglas' wife, then posted the photo on Twitter, where it swiftly went viral. The two men had never met before the flight and they're not related, she told HuffPost Thursday.

"There was a dude already on [Douglas'] seat. He asked him to move and when the guy looked up, he thought, 'Holy shit, he looks like me.' They had a big laugh about it -- everyone around them had a laugh, they took a selfie and that was it," Beattie said. 

But then things got even stranger after the flight: The men found themselves checking into the same hotel, and later, drinking at the same bar.  

"I went for a pint in a lovely bar in Galway called The Quays, and bumped into him again," Douglas said. "We had a few pints and listened to the live band."

Not long after Beattie's post, another doppelgänger chimed in from Twitter. Then another, and another. Three red-bearded men have so far claimed to resemble those on the plane: 

And this, dear friends, is the magic of travel. You never know whom you might meet:

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