Woman awkwardly falls asleep on man during flight

First Posted: 07/24/13 EDT Updated: 07/24/13 EDT

Flying usually forces strangers to get uncomfortably close -- and for Steve Cullum, this could not have been more true. He was flying somewhere over the East Coast when his seatmate started drifting off. Unfortunately for him, her head started leaning in his direction, and soon enough, she had completely fallen over onto his lap. He became her human pillow.

"As soon as she sat down, she started falling asleep," said Cullum. "And it only got worse as the flight continued. I tried lifting her up, shaking her, and startling her, but it seemed like nothing was going to work."

While Cullum couldn't have felt more awkward, he did think the situation was hilarious. He decided to record his struggle with the sleepy stranger, demonstrating how he tried everything to get her off of his lap. The woman did eventually move off of him when she woke up for a second, but she quickly nodded off again -- and this time, she fell onto the neighbor to her right.

Cullum's video was posted on YouTube on July 11 and has since gone viral. Some believe the whole thing was staged, but he denies it, claiming that the entire awkward situation was real.