Doppelgangers come face to face on flight

Two strangers who found themselves sitting next to each other on a flight. Neil Thomas Douglas, a photographer from Glasgow, was travelling to Galway via London Stansted when he came face to face with the bearded stranger who looked just like him. He spoke of the "total weirdness" of encountering his doppelganger after boarding a flight to see him sitting in his seat. Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas/PA Wire
Two strangers who found themselves sitting next to each other on a flight. Neil Thomas Douglas, a photographer from Glasgow, was travelling to Galway via London Stansted when he came face to face with the bearded stranger who looked just like him. He spoke of the "total weirdness" of encountering his doppelganger after boarding a flight to see him sitting in his seat. Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas/PA Wire

A man has spoken of the “total weirdness” of encountering his doppelganger after boarding a flight to see him sitting in his seat.

Neil Thomas Douglas, a photographer from Glasgow, was travelling to Galway via London Stansted on Thursday night when he came face to face with the bearded stranger.

He said: “When I got on the Ryanair flight, there was a dude already on my seat – when the guy looked up, I thought: ‘He looks like me’.

“We had a big laugh about it – everyone around us had a laugh, we took a selfie and that was it.”

But the pair were later to encounter a further coincidence when they checked into the same hotel in Galway.

Neil added: “Later that night, I went to the pub and again, there was my twin. Total weirdness.

“We had a laugh and a pint.”

The selfie was posted on Twitter by Lee Beattie, director of Wire Media, who wrote: “Guy on right is the husband of my friend. Guy on left is a STRANGER he met on a flight last night!”

It has since been retweeted thousands of times.