Welcome to my blog, where we delve into the fascinating world of viral videos and the power of social media. In today’s article, we explore a recent incident involving a woman who supposedly saw a lizard man on an American Airlines flight that has captured the attention of millions online. Get ready for an intriguing story of conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and the challenges of the social media era.
The tale begins with a video that quickly went viral on various social media platforms. In the now-private TikTok video, a woman aboard an American Airlines flight can be seen shouting and causing a scene. Her target of interest? A fellow passenger whom she adamantly claims is “not real.” The video ignited a frenzy of speculation on TikTok, sparking countless conspiracy theories about shapeshifters and aliens. However, as we dig deeper, we discover that the story takes an unexpected turn.
Another TikTok video, supposedly filmed by another passenger on the same flight, emerges. This video, however, turns out to be a hoax. Despite its fabricated nature, it has garnered an astonishing 15 million views. These two videos together serve as a prime example of how popular content online can inspire viral videos that piggyback on each other, blurring the lines between truth and fiction—a challenge we face in the social media era.
Let’s rewind and explore the events from the beginning. In the original video, the woman, whose identity remains unknown, can be heard unleashing a tirade of obscenities while pointing towards the rear of the aircraft. She insists that there is someone aboard who is “not real.” American Airlines, when contacted by local news outlets in Dallas, confirmed that the flight, scheduled from Dallas, Texas to Orlando, Florida on July 2, was met by law enforcement, and the disruptive customer was subsequently removed from the flight. Whether the woman was arrested or not remains unclear as American Airlines did not respond to further inquiries.
The original video depicting the distressed woman has been reposted on TikTok countless times, making its way to other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. On these platforms, numerous individuals maintain that the woman must have encountered a Reptilian—a fringe conspiracy theory proposing that certain individuals are actually secret reptiles masquerading as humans. Some versions of this theory even suggest that these beings are extraterrestrial in origin. Seizing the opportunity provided by the video’s popularity, many individuals have taken it upon themselves to spread their own wild and entirely fictional stories about what the woman witnessed.
Enter Kole Lyndon Lee, a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and filmmaker known across several social media platforms. Lee, seeking to explore the gullibility of individuals on the TikTok app, created a video claiming to be a passenger on the same flight. In his elaborate story, Lee narrates his observations of the woman engaging in a peculiar conversation with a fellow passenger donning a hooded sweatshirt. Lee implies that this passenger possessed supernatural mind powers since he never responded to the woman’s remarks. Lee’s story takes an unexpected twist when he claims that the hooded man winked at him—a wink unlike any human would make, resembling the horizontal closing of a lizard’s eyelids.
However, in the description of his TikTok video, Lee explicitly admits that his story is entirely fabricated. Surprisingly, despite his disclosure, the video continues to be shared extensively on various social media platforms. Furthermore, the description is often omitted when the video is reposted by other social media influencers, contributing to the confusion and chaos surrounding the incident.
In an attempt to add further complexity, Lee creates a second video in which he contradicts his initial admission, asserting that he is indeed telling the truth in the video but labeled it as fake to outsmart the algorithms and prevent his genuine message from being buried. This second video gains widespread attention beyond TikTok, reaching platforms like Twitter. However, once again, the description accompanying Lee’s second video contradicts the statements he makes within the video itself. Eventually, in a third video, Lee openly acknowledges the “satire” and “social experiment” he had been conducting, confessing that the entire narrative was fabricated.
In reflecting upon the incident, Lee emphasizes the need for critical thinking and research when consuming content on social media. He underscores the prevalence of fake videos, particularly those claiming to depict ghosts or supernatural beings, and how easily they can be debunked with minimal research. Lee’s intention behind the experiment was to engage viewers and weave an interesting story, while simultaneously highlighting the tendency of individuals to believe what they want to be true, often disregarding red flags.
As we conclude this episode, it’s clear that the story of the woman on the American Airlines flight showcases the power and pitfalls of social media. It reminds us of the challenges we face in discerning truth from fiction in an era where viral videos can shape narratives and influence our beliefs. Remember, a critical eye and a willingness to delve deeper are essential when navigating the vast landscape of online content. Stay vigilant, stay curious, and join us next time for another captivating journey into the world of viral videos.