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Pete Buttigieg got quite the surprise on his flight to Houston

Being seated next to (or in this case, behind) someone you know on a flight can certainly go both ways — it’s either a happy bit of serendipity or a curse; a terrible curse.

For Democratic Presidential rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, it turned out to be more of the former — though still a little awkward we’d imagine. Both candidates appeared to have a good laugh at the seating arrangement.

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Buttigieg and Klobuchar were traveling on a United Airlines flight to Houston, the host city of Thursday’s Democratic debate.

Buttigieg tweeted a photo, writing, “Very funny, @united”.

Klobuchar retweeted the image, adding, “And the debate begins.. Good sitting by you @PeteButtigieg”.

United couldn’t help but chime in, commenting, “Hey Pete, we thought you two might want to talk debate strategies before the big night Thursday. ^RY”.

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