A plus-size model who was ‘fat shamed’ by a fellow passenger on a plane confronted the man and filmed the whole exchange.
Natalie Hage says she was on an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles on Thursday, and shortly after being seated next to the man, he started ‘huffing and sighing’. As the flight went on Natalie noticed he was texting someone, about her.
Sharing her experience on Instagram, Natalie wrote: “As soon as I sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. I see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me.
i’m shaking right now. i’m on a flight to LA right now on @americanair. i paid almost $70 extra for this seat i’m in because i know i need a little extra leg room. i’m extremely flight anxious but there were only middle seats available so i had to take what i could get. as soon as i sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat. i see him furiously texting and then purposefully turning the phone away from me. so, naturally next time he texts, i take a look. the texts were about me and i’m almost positive he took photos of me. not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named ‘linda’ chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can’t even see the situation. if you can’t read the texts, it says ‘hopefully she didn’t have any mexican food’ and his response is ‘i think she ate a mexican’. then he proceeds to say he’s leaving a ‘neck mark on the window’ because he’s so smashed against the wall. from the photos, you can see i’m not in his space. he’s even taken over both arm rests on purpose, coming to my space and digging his elbows into my side…which is in my seat. his next text to her was ‘if the news reports a DFW airbus a321 leaving the runway without rotating, that would be my flight.’ another i see later? ‘if these seats don’t hold, it’s not going to matter.’ and that’s just a few of them. there were several more. i didn’t do anything to him. i’m in my seat, completely (see photos). i am crumpled into a ball trying to not bother. i’m just so upset. i asked the other man to my right if he’d switch me and told him what the man was saying about me and he said laughed and refused. that’s fine, it’s not his issue. this is a fat person’s daily reality and not just on a plane. this is on a bus, standing in line at the grocery store, at a concert, on the internet. you can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people will still fuck with you and try to hurt you. all you can do is know you haven’t done anything wrong just by existing and to move on. this just makes me a mixture of enraged and super sad.
“So, naturally next time he texts, I take a look. the texts were about me and I’m almost positive he took photos of me. Not only were the texts about me, but they were really mean and ugly, with even the recipient named ‘Linda’ chiming back with shaming retorts…someone who can’t even see the situation.
“If you can’t read the texts, it says “hopefully she didn’t have any Mexican food’ and his response is ‘I think she ate a Mexican’. Then he proceeds to say he’s leaving a ‘neck mark on the window’ because he’s so smashed against the wall.”
What a dick.
❤️EDIT: THE VIDEO NOW HAS OVER A MILLION VIEWS ON FACEBOOK!!! HOLY COW!!!! THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! ❤️i wanted to say hello to everyone new joining my neck of the woods. thank you so so so much for the messages and comments overflowing with kindness. my heart is full. i didn’t want to leave y’all hanging – i actually ended up saying something to him when we landed. i couldn’t NOT speak up. i’m so tired of fat people being a social punching bag. i won’t stand for it. i hope this dude learned something today.
Natalie was, understandably, pissed off about this, so asked the guy sat on the other side of her if he would switch, but he refused, leaving her stuck next to the texter.
She went on: “This is a fat person’s daily reality and not just on a plane. You can be completely in your own space, not bothering anyone, and people can still fuck with you and try to hurt you.”
Instead of quietly sitting there and fuming, Natalie decided to confront the man. Saying to him: “I couldn’t help but notice before we took off you were sending really horrible text messages about me. Do you normally make fun of fat people?”
The man used the ol’ ‘I’ve been drinking’ line to try and wriggle out of it, before apologising to Natalie, but then for some reason, he decided to dig himself even deeper by asking her if she’d be able to help people get off the plane in an emergency. Pretty sure that’s not a passenger’s job, mate.
Natalie calmly replied that she works out regularly, before adding: “My body is none of your business…don’t ever treat anyone like that again.”
Natalie posted the exchange to her Facebook account where it’s been shared thousands of times and has had over a million views, so I guess the lesson is: don’t be dick to strangers, if you don’t want to end up splashed all the Internet.