It was just too much. She could no longer take it, but she had to hold it in. In an effort to keep her cool, she tried to look in every direction but his. To her surprise, a stranger piped up about it. She could not help but feel nervous as he did so. After all, she had no idea what this guy was planning to do. Was he going to join in and cause even more trouble for her? Not once did she expect what happened next.
A Woman Called Savannah Phillips
The woman at the heart of the story is called Savannah Phillips. In general, she is the type of person who works hard both at work and at home. This is an admirable trait. Still, there is something that has always bothered her. There are times when this particular issue of hers made her feel insecure. What was it?
How Was She To Predict?
When she has to take a flight, she always tried to get a seat in a vacant row. Sadly, it is not always possible. This time, she had no choice since the plane was already full. Her wish could not be granted during the seat selection process, so she felt worried about what might happen during the flight.
Her Low Self-Esteem
Her weight made certain things more difficult for her. For one thing, Savannah was dealing with low self-esteem from all the negative comments. Whenever she recalled their words, she would always doubt herself. As we all know, obesity is a big deal in the United States. Even so, the issue will not be resolved by body-shaming. The thought of this only made Savannah feel anxious about the upcoming flight.
Her Fear Of Flying
In reality, she was not a big fan of flying. She typically only gets on a plane when there is no other option. This was a business trip, and it was the quickest way to get her from one place to another. She did not like how restricted she felt in the cabin. On top of that, she always felt bad for the people sitting beside her. It would have been a lot easier if there was an empty row. Sadly, she did not have a choice.
It Was Packed
She was unable to find an empty row when she booked her ticket online. However, she wanted to try again on the actual day of the flight. She headed to the check-in gate and asked them if any of the other passengers canceled. No dice. To her dismay, they informed her that no one got in touch with them to cancel their tickets. After she heard this, Savannah knew that she was in for an uncomfortable flight.
In general, her previous flights in full planes had not been pleasant. As much as possible, she would try to get an entire row to herself. Most of the time, there was a way to give her what she wanted. This time, it was not possible since the plane was packed. It meant that there was nothing else for Savannah to do but to endure discomfort for a couple of hours.
Boarding The Plane
At the airport, she made sure to observe the other passengers on the flight. Savannah could not stop thinking that all of them were looking at her. It was not a good feeling, to say the least. She could not help but think about their upcoming flight. “It’ll all be over soon,” she tried to console herself as she stared at the floor. It turned out that the worst was yet to come, however.
It Was Not Easy
It was just as she expected when she got on the plane. Upon seeing that the aircraft was full to the brim. Savannah tried to keep her cool as she walked towards the assigned seat, which was a window seat. She found someone sitting in it by the time she got there. Her seatmate looked up and got up to make her way for her. However, what bothered her was that he sighed loudly to show her that he was displeased.
Eyes On Her
The man in question was older than her and wore sunglasses. Based on his behavior, it was clear that he did not like overweight people. The elderly man wanted to show her exactly how unhappy he was about her presence. He started tapping away on his phone, which was not a problem in and of itself.
However, there was something off about what he was doing. For one thing, he used the biggest font size and turned the brightness all the way up. He wanted to show her exactly what he was saying to the person he was talking to. This was an awful thing to do, but Savannah was not the only one who saw it.
The Rude Man
Once Savannah realized that this man was doing this intentionally, she brought it up with him as politely as she could. In response, he only gave her a better view of his screen. He wanted her to see just what he thought of her. This was very cruel of him. Read on if you want to find out what the message said.
It was bad enough that he was talking about her in such a horrible way. He only made it worse by showing it to her in an attempt to make her feel bad. After seeing this, Savannah turned her head in the opposite direction. She stared out the window in the hopes of keeping herself distracted. It was hard to stop the tears from rolling down her cheeks. Not long after that, she heard someone else chime in.
He Was A Bully
Anyone who saw the man change his phone settings would know that he wanted to show it to the poor woman. She was not a stranger to mean comments from bullies whatsoever. Sadly, the bullying did not end once she left the halls of her high school. This man, after all, did not only type a message saying that he was seated next to someone stinky and fat, but he also showed it to Savannah.
Coming To Her Rescue
However, the man was shocked when someone firmly tapped him on the shoulder not long after that. This person told him, “I need to talk to you. Now.” The elderly man got up and followed the stranger, who told him, “We’re swapping seats NOW.” The new character in our story is called Chase Irwin. Once he swapped seats with the rude man, he turned towards Savannah. What did he have to say to her?
Her Very Own Hero
Savannah and Chase started talking after that. She felt deeply grateful and indebted to him. They kept talking until the plane landed. During the course of their conversation, she found out his name and job. Aside from that, she learned that he had a kid. Sadly, these pieces of information had not been enough for her to find him on social media. She decided to write a post in the hopes of tracking him down!
Her Facebook Post
While it was not easy to talk about the bad experience, she wanted to find the man who helped her. “I am only sharing this story of what happened to me today in hopes that the person who stuck up for me will somehow be recognized…” she said, “We waited for about 10 minutes on the runway waiting for the OK to take off — I sat there unable to avoid weeping quietly.”
This Has To End!
“I was scrunching myself up against the wall as far as I could,” Savannah said, “The guy next to me pulled off his headphones. Somebody behind us said, ‘We’re swapping seats. Now.’ The guy next to me said, ‘OK-why?’ Then I hear someone answer, ‘You’re texting about her, and I’m not putting up with that.’”
It Went Viral
She was surprised to see how much attention people gave her post. A number of people left her words of encouragement and support as well! They told her that she should not let the mean comments get to her. Aside from that, they went on to say how glad they were that Chase was there and had her back.
They Found Him
It did not take long before the people of social media found the man on the plane! It turned out that he worked at the Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey bar and restaurant. The website of the establishment had his name on it, which was how the netizens located him. They ended up leaving glowing reviews on the Facebook page since they were so impressed by what Chase did. He was featured in the news as well!
He Was Infuriated
What did he say when he spoke to NewsChannel 5? Chase shared, “I was trying to wait for something to say before the end of the trip, but I couldn’t make this man sit next to her on this entire flight and presume he’s making fun of her.” He went on, “It always gets to me deep down when I see someone weeping, and it really struck me hard when I saw her crying, and I really got sick to my stomach.”
A World Of Difference
A lot of people tuned in to hear the story straight from his mouth. Chase said that he figured out that the elderly man had been insulting Savannah from the very beginning. However, he felt the need to do something once he saw the message on the phone and how the rude man showed it to her! That was totally uncalled for, and he refused to stand for it. He decided to intervene at that moment.
He Could Not Believe It
Here was the message that made Savannah weep and angered Chase: “Hey babe, sitting next to a smelly fatty. She’s overflowing over my armrest. I think I’m going to be Sick!” He could not believe what he was seeing. He shared with Inside Edition, “I began noticing her wiping tears and my heart sank.” This was when he made up his mind to step in.
What Happened Back There
During the flight, he took to Snapchat to share what was going on. “This person actually just texted his wife in the mid-fifties that he was seated next to a smelly obese man and was about to vomit. I was watching her interpret his email, and now she looks sad,” Chase said. At the time, he wondered, “Can I… just say something at the landing?” In the end, he decided to do something about it then and there.
Not A Fan Of Discrimination
Chase told the media that he hated bigotry a lot. Once he saw what the elderly man was doing to Savannah, he knew that he had to help her. There was no way he was going to let anyone be treated like that! He knew that it could not wait until the end of the flight. Before he intervened, he shared his plan with a flight attendant. He first explained what he wanted to do about the situation.
Dealing With Him
After he got the go signal, he approached the rude man. Chase asked if it was possible for them to swap seats. In the beginning, the elderly man showed confusion and inquired what was going on. He assumed that he would get a better seat, but this was not the case at all. The kind man had something else in mind! Chase wanted to give him a piece of his mind since he did not seem to understand the problem.
Trying To Negotiate
“Because you’re a heartless guy. I read your email and the girl weeping next to you read your text too. And you also can consider the thoughts of other citizens into account,” Chase informed the elderly man, who expressed shock upon hearing these words. It dawned on him that other people saw what he was doing. Without waiting for a response, Chase slid into the seat next to Savannah.
Talking To Him
Let us hear it from Savannah. “He encouraged me not to let that man get to me and that everything was going to be good,” she said. According to her, Chase explained that he saw what the man typed on his phone and knew that she was having a hard time. This was the reason he stepped up for her even though he did not have to do anything.
He Was A Hero
Her Facebook post ended up getting 1,300 likes and 7,000 comments. A lot of netizens were glad that there are people like Chase in the world. On top of that, the Dierks Whiskey Row also said that it was proud of what the manager did on the flight in question. But what happened after this incident? What did Savannah have to say about the rude elderly man?
She Forgave The Man
You will be shocked by what she had to say about him. “I would like to add that I do forgive him,” she said, “I have said lots of things in my life that I shouldn’t have, just like everyone else. If I hated him, I would not be any different, and it is vital to respond with love. Only love brings a change in the world.”
People wanted to find the elderly man, but they had no idea who he was. Neither Chase nor Savannah exactly had a conversation with him during the flight. She said, “And I don’t want to know really. My goal was for it to be about Chase and how we should all be brave like he was and stand up for others. I don’t want this story to be about him.”
Savannah could not be any more thankful for what Chase did on the plane. All her life, she had been body-shamed. It is important for all of us to understand this issue. No matter what, there is no excuse to disrespect anybody. We are glad that Chase had been there to lend a hand even if he did not know her. In the end, it is people like him who make a difference! Hopefully, you can follow in his footsteps.
The Unpleasant Surprise
The truth is that it is not uncommon to feel anxiety when you are traveling. The woman in this next story has taken many flights in the past. However, this was the first time that anything of this sort had ever happened to her. She was booted out of the plane, but she had no idea why. The truth was that it had something to do with the clothes she had been wearing.
Taking A Holiday
At the age of 31, Harriet Osborne was ready to head home after a lovely vacation in the South of Spain. Before that, she had been counting down the months for this trip. She and her friends were delighted that they could finally enjoy the warm sun and take in the beautiful beach. At the time, the only thing on her mind was having fun with the girls! We all deserve a break every now and then, right?
Break From Reality
She worked and lived in England as a makeup artist. Apart from that, she was also a mother. This holiday break gave her the opportunity to unwind and forgot about all her problems. In case you do not know, it is not at all easy to work and raise children at the same time! She had been craving some fun in the sun, which explains her excitement. Let us be honest here – every single one of us needs a holiday.
At home, she did not have the chance to put on sexy clothes. For one, there was no need to wear that kind of thing around the house when the kids were around. It was one more reason she could not wait for the trip with her pals. She loved the kids, but she wanted nothing more than to relax and have fun.
We do not know about you, but we always love going away and forgetting about work. This was also true for Harriet at the time. She also enjoyed the freedom that she felt at their destination. It was fun for her to put on a bikini and spend some time at the beach. On top of that, she enjoyed the attention that she received. However, she did not expect that the trip would end in such a disaster.
For the most part, the trip had been a blast. Harriet was glad that she could forget all about her troubles for a little while. However, she could not wait to return home and reunite with her family either. The short trip was neither too long nor too short for her – it was just right. She was ready to return to look after the kids and go to work again.
Harriet was thankful that she could take a respite from everything. For once, she could forget about all the things that she worried about at home. Together with her friends, she visited beaches, enjoyed new sights, and ate good food. She liked the heat, which she did not experience very often at home. The sad truth was that in her regular life, she did not often get the chance to kick back and relax.
Sea And Sun
A lot of British people visit Costa del Sol in the South of Spain on a regular basis. Did you know that its name means “coast of the sun”? What an apt name for an equally stunning place. If you ever get the chance to visit it, we bet that you will like it. The beach was not far from England, which was a bonus.
This was the first time in a while that Harriet got to see her friends as well. Sadly, she could not help but feel like the trip was not complete. What was the matter? The truth was that she missed her family! Even so, she was having a good time with her best friends. They went to the beach, chilled out, and laid down beneath the sun. As expected, she was having a great time with her closest friends.
Far From Home
It was very different from what she was used to at home, to say the least. That is not a bad thing at all. As a matter of fact, she was glad that they picked this place! At home, they often had to deal with bad weather. But in this part of the globe, they could lie down under the sun as much as they wanted.
Their Last Day
Harriet knew that this could not last forever. To be fair, she wanted to see the kids as well. Soon enough, it was time for them to go home. She decided to get a couple of souvenirs for her friends and family. But before they had to go to the airport, they had one more chance to go around and explore.
They hopped on a taxi and visited De. Andalucía, which is considered the most fashionable area in this part of Spain. Even though they knew this, they were surprised by the variety of clothes for sale at the shop. They had no idea where to even begin. Harriet found it hard to pick among the pieces of clothing on offer. There were so many choices! She decided to pamper herself since she was on vacation.
Her First Mistake
Aside from that, they also had the chance to go to the Corte Ingles. That was where Harriet found a beautiful shirt. When she peeked at the tag, she was surprised to hear how much it cost. It was a lot of money, but what is it worth it? Despite the price, she really wanted the gorgeous blouse. She knew that this was her only opportunity to buy it. In her mind, she weighed the pros and cons of buying the piece.