Man Helps Mom On A Plane Who Got Called A 'Smelly Fatty' By Her Seatmate

Man Helps Mom On A Plane Who Got Called A 'Smelly Fatty' By Her Seatmate

Flying is often a hellishly bad experience. You’re crammed inside a giant flashlight, miles above the Earth, with only very tiny bags of snacks to get your through. You’re also squeezed into seats next to other irate passengers who all have feelings about who should get to use the elbow rest. They think it’s them, and they’re wrong.

It can be especially hard for bigger passengers, because seats are often smaller than what is actually average in this country, because they gotta sell those tickets! It’s cramped. We also live in a fat-phobic and body-shaming culture that gives anyone over a size ten a hard time about their life. It can be anxiety producing. A mother named Savannah Phillips wrote in a recent viral Facebook post that all her fears about her body while flying were brought to life during a horrible interaction on a plane.

But her story also has a happy ending, so stick with it.

She writes:

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…

I’ve been on airplanes for the past three weeks. My flight to Chicago was changed to an earlier flight because of storms, so I didn’t get to pick my seat like a normally do. I always try to sit in a row where I don’t have to sit next to anyone. I’m not the biggest person on the airplane, but I’m not the smallest. My worst nightmare is someone being uncomfortable because they have to sit next to me.

My seat was assigned at the gate, and when we boarded I was sitting next to an older guy who said he was a comedian. He looked like he was in his 60s and had on bright yellow sunglasses. He stood up so I could get into my seat next to the window. As soon as I got buckled, he sat back down. The flight attendant started the safety speech and he got his phone out (with huge font and the screen brightness turned all the way up). His phone was maybe 12 inches from my face and he proceeded to text someone that he was sitting next to “a smelly fatty.”

I don’t even know what the rest of his text said. I turned my head away as fast as I could. I was shocked and it was like confirmation of the negative things I think about myself on a daily basis. Before I knew it, I could feel hot, salty tears coming down my face. I sat and cried silently, hoping this guy didn’t try to make small talk, because I didn’t trust how I would react and I didn’t want to get kicked off the plane. I was so hurt. The pilot came overhead and said there would be a 30 minute delay before he could take off- great. Just more time I would have to sit next to this creep.

We sat on the runway waiting for the OK to take off for about 10 minutes- I sat there unable to stop silently crying. I was scrunching myself up against the wall as far as I could. All of a sudden, someone from behind us taps on the guy’s shoulder and says, “Hey- I need to talk to you.” The guy next to me takes out his headphones. Someone behind us says, “We are switching seats. Now.” The guy next to me said, “OK- why?” 

And I hear someone say (removing curse words), “You are texting about her, and I’m not putting up with that.” A guy comes and sits next to me and is shocked when he sees me crying. He asked if I saw the texts and I nodded yes. He encouraged me not to let that guy get to me and that everything was going to be fine. We talked about Ross and the kids, his two year old son, our jobs, amongst other things.

He said he just happened to see that guy’s text messages he started shaking he was so mad and knew he had to do something. He stopped the flight attendant and told her what he was about to do. I told him thank you for what he did and that it meant the world to me- and that he would be my husband’s new favorite person. The flight attendant kept trying to give him free drinks and told him that he was her hero.

He wasn’t her hero- he was mine. I told him that yesterday at church, one of my favorite people on the planet, Jeff McMillon, talked about how God sees you. Good time, bad times, in a mess- your own fault or not- God sees you. And God saw me today. I told him that he was a blessing sent to me and how thankful I was that he was there.

So- this guy’s name is Chase- he works for Whiskey Row in Nashville. Share this post, look him up- whatever- he did prove to me today that (1) not only does God see me, but (2) there are more good people in the world than bad.

Chase is now getting the recognition Phillips thinks he deserves. 

He  was interviewed for a local news channel and told his side of the story.

Chase says he could see the man’s texts from where he was sitting. At first, he wasn’t sure what to do. He debated kicking the guy’s butt or waiting until landing to say something.

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In the end he did neither. He tapped the guy on the shoulder and said they should switch seats. Mistaking the situation, the man thanked him and asked why he was offering.

“Because you’re a heartless person,” Chase responded. “I read your texts. And the girl next to you crying also read your texts. And you should take into consideration other people’s feelings.”

Neither one said what the man did next, but he did switch seats. People were very touched by how the gesture turned Phillips’s experience around, and reminded her not everyone is terrible.

A few folks said they’d experienced similar discrimination on flights:

And at least one person claims to know and love Chase:

It’s a small world, so help our your neighbor when you can. 

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This Mom Is Looking For The Man Who Helped Her During A Rough Plane Ride

Most people get really annoyed when they’re on a plane with a crying baby, but one mother’s story shows us: there can be another way.

Jessica Rudeen wrote a Facebook post that went viral on Saturday about meeting a man on a plane that helped her when she was struggling with both a crying infant and a crying toddler. 

She writes:

My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane. My 4 month old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3 year old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking “I want to get off the plane! I don’t want to go!”

I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane. So with two kids losing their minds, I was desperately trying to calm the situation. This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie. 

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Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander. Finally, while we were taxiing, the back of the plane no longer had screams. During the flight, he colored and watched a movie with Caroline, he engaged in conversation and showed her all the things outside. 

By the end of the flight, he was Caroline’s best friend. I’m not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window. Amazingly, we had the same connection in Charlotte to Wilmington, a connection he navigates frequently for work. 

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He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand. If that wasn’t enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us. This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. 

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I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life.

I’d like to find him. His name is Todd. He has a son at the University of Arkansas and he lives in Lenexa, KS.

If you could help share this post so that I can find him, I’d really appreciate your help!

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Everyone is inspired by this simple act of kindness:

But Rudeen posted an even better edit to her original post:

Update! I’ve been connected with his wife and hoping we can get together soon!

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The two not only met, they were interviewed on Fox 4. Todd Walker is from Kansas, and he said that helping Rudeen was the most natural thing in the world.

“I saw was a mom looking around the corner at me with big eyes, and two kids in tow that were both having a bad day. They were both screaming,” Walker said. But things calmed down quick once Rudeen got a little help.

“Within a couple minutes, they were fine. Before we even had taken off, and before we landed I’d been coloring with Caroline, and looking out the window, and seeing different things,” Walker said.

He added, “If you think you can, or if they certainly ask you for it step up and help them. You know, it doesn’t cost you anything to step up and give them a hand.”

“His kindness made such a huge impact on my life, and it’s making an impact on other people’s lives too,” Rudeen added.

Has their story inspired you?

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Woman Complains That She's Allergic To Dogs On Flight, Gets Removed From Plane

Well Southwest airlines recently removed a passenger from its plane, but for an entirely different reason: because she said she was deathly allergic to dogs.

The trouble is, she allegedly didn’t have an allergy card to prove her claim. After speaking with law enforcement officers and refusing to leave the airline, she was forcefully removed.

CBS reported that the man who recorded the scuffle, Bill Dumas, said the officers “spent a long time talking to the woman” before finally removing her from the flight.

For the most part, people on Twitter are siding with the airline and/or the two dogs, one of which was a service animal, as the woman had allegedly complained about them and wanted them off the flight before she was eventually taken off the plane.

Others couldn’t believe that the folks at Southwest “picked” dogs over human beings.

Others don’t know why she resisted in the first place.

While others suggested that this was probably the best case scenario for the removed passenger.

Southwest released the following statement, explaining, “We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the Customer’s removal by local law enforcement officers. We publicly offer our apologies to this Customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns.”

What do you think? Was it excessive to take her off the plane?

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The World's Best Dad Passed Out Candy On A Plane So His 3-Year-Old Could Trick-Or-Treat

Halloween is the greatest holiday of the year — especially when you’re under the age of 15 and don’t know what the word ‘metabolism’ means. You get to dress up and run from house to house demanding candy, and then you get to eat as much as you want! It’s a child’s dream come true. 

But one adorable 3-year-old named Molly was missing out on the first year when she was really old enough to enjoy the tradition, all because she was stuck on an evening flight with her dad from Boston’s Logan Airport to San Francisco International Airport. 

But, according to Twitter user Stephanie Kahan, the “Dad of the year” wasn’t about to let his little girl miss out on the trick-or-treating fun — so he passed out candy to everyone on the flight to give her as she walked down the aisle. 

The candy came with a note that read:

Happy Halloween!

My 3-year-old daughter, Molly, was bummed that she wouldn’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year due to this flight… so I decided to bring trick-or-treating to her. If you are willing, when my little donut comes down the aisle, please drop this in her basket. You’ll be making her Halloween! If you’re unwilling, no worries, just pass the treat back to me. Thanks so much!

BEST. DAD. EVER. 

Has your heart exploded yet?

If not, let us remind you MOLLY WAS A DONUT FOR HALLOWEEN. 

The photos have been retweeted nearly 60,000 times in less than 24 hours — and Twitter can’t handle all the cuteness. 

Moral of the story: good is still out there. Even with presidential election anxiety looming over us, we have this reminder that there exist the kind of people who help their kids trick-or-treat on planes. 

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