On May 14, one of Savannah Phillips’ most dreaded flying dreads came to life.
“I’m not the biggest person on the airplane, but I’m not the smallest, ” Phillips explained in a Facebook post. “My worst nightmare is person being uncomfortable because they have to sit next to me.”
Fearful of the harassment and even menaces people with bigger bodies can face while flying, Phillips usually tries to buy a seat where she’s not sitting next to another passenger.
But on a flight from Oklahoma to Chicago, Phillips was assigned a seat at the gate and wasn’t able to sit alone. Unfortunately, the person who is aimed up next to her exemplified the very worst.
“I can’t believe this, I’m sitting next to a smelly fatty.”
Those were the words the stranger, an older man who claimed to be a comedian, texted someone else — while sitting right next to Phillips on the plane. A situate on the man’s telephone enlarged the text, according to Phillips, and the screen’s brightness was turned all the route up.
It was unmistakably about her.
The nasty comment instantly brought Phillips to tears.
“I don’t even know what the rest of his text told, ” she wrote in her post. “I turned my head away as fast as I could. I was shocked and “its like” confirmation of the negative things I think about myself on a daily basis.”
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“Before I knew it, I could feel hot, salty tears coming down my face. I sat and screamed mutely, hoping this guy didn’t try to make small talk, because I didn’t trust how I would react and I didn’t wishes to get kicked off the plane. I was so hurt. The pilot came over head and said there would be a 30 -minute delay before he could take off — great. Only more hour I would have to sit next to this creep.”
Fortunately, that’s when things took a turning for the( much, much) better.
Fellow passenger Chase Irwin sitting nearby had spotted the unbelievably hurtful text and decided to step in.
He couldn’t believe what he was witnessing.
“I actually get really sick to my belly, ” Irwin explained to News Channel 5.
Irwin tapped the “comedian” on the shoulder and demanded he change seats with him, according to Phillips. The “comedian” agreed to switch, but then asked why.
Irwin did not hold back. “I told, ‘because you’re a heartless person, ‘” Irwin remembered. “I read your text, and the girl next to you exclaiming also read your text. And you should really take into consideration other people’s feelings.'”
Phillips and Irwin got along great, chatting about their families and jobs on the flight to Chicago. The flight attendant, who learned about what happened, maintained trying to give Irwin free beverages and said that he was her hero, according to Phillips.
“He wasn’t her hero, ” Phillips wrote. “He was mine.”
Fortunately, Phillips’ story had a happy objective. But for passengers with bigger bodies, that’s not always the case .
“Flying while fat” can truly be a daunting affair. There’s the staring, the rude remarks — not to mention navigating a patchwork of guidelines that complicate buying a ticket for an increasingly small seat on a plane.
But as Irwin presented, applying some basic empathy for your fellow passengers can go a long way. We should all maintain that in mind when we travelling.
Watch News Channel 5’s segment on Phillips’ story below:
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