Former Lobo soccer player at center of ‘plane bae’ airplane matchmaking story


The viral story of an airplane romance that was documented on social media and shared by hundreds of thousands of people has a New Mexico connection. 

Euan Holden, the so-called “Plane Bae” in Texas, used to live in Albuquerque while he was a student and soccer player at UNM. 

Holden played at UNM between 2008 and 2009 for his junior and senior seasons.  

“I have a lot of great memories from Albuquerque,” said Holden in a phone interview with KRQE News 13 Thursday. 

Holden’s Monday plane flight from New York to Dallas was documented online as a story of a “potential love connection.” 

It happened after a Texas couple, Rosey Blair and Houston Hardaway wanted to sit together. Blair swapped seats with an unnamed woman.  

On Twitter, Blair stated, “we made a joke that maybe her new seat partner would be the love of her life.” Blair and Hardway then documented the man and woman’s interaction, posting about it on social media. 

As the social media posts explained, Holden and the unnamed woman hit it off. 

“We’ve been talking a lot and keeping close communication,” said Holden. 

A former pro soccer player, Euan says he plans to meet the woman again. He’s also embraced the story on social media. In her initial social media posts, Blair didn’t expose the identity of either Holden or woman. 

“It’s been a great story, it’s been a lot of fun,” said Holden 

A UNM grad, Holden played soccer for the Lobos for two years. Originally, he’s from Texas. 

“I definitely have fond memories of living, playing and going to school there,” said Holden. 

While he hasn’t been back to New Mexico since he left in late 2009, Holden says he can’t forget what New Mexico left in his mind, from trips to Frontier restaurant to the beautiful vistas. 

“The sights of the mountains in the background and kind of what that leaves every morning, waking up every morning and seeing that skyline, it’s pretty special, special place for sure,” said Holden. 

Holden says he hopes his now viral story can show people that “happiness is just around the corner.” 

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