Writer Sara Nović was taking a red eye Friday morning. Seated beside her was a doll, serving as a companion to a lone man. In terms of horrible seat companions on a flight, this rates between a drunk couple fighting and someone who has shit their pants. But creepier.

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Nović started tweeting about the doll, which apparently had its own seat ticket and unpleasant interaction with the TSA. An adult man buying a plane ticket for a doll escalates this situation from “quirky foible” to “it puts the lotion on its skin.”

Nović was definitely more freaked than I’d be about sitting next to a silent object, but she at least enjoyed rounding out a portrait of her neighbors:

No word on what he fed the doll.

Some of the people following her saga suggested the doll might be a Luk Thep, or a supernatural doll imbued with the soul of a child. Apparently, at least one Thai airline allows customers to buy seats for dolls, as carrying a Luk Thep is enough of a common practice for that to have come up. There’s no evidence to prove Barbara is or isn’t a Luk Thep, though it is also in no way comforting to imagine that she has a child’s soul trapped inside her.

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Regardless, it’s clear the doll’s owner/father/travel partner needs some kind of support that Barbara is dutifully providing.