Good Samaritan

Man hailed as ‘hero’ by woman for confronting her body-shaming seat neighbor on a plane

Savannah Phillips (Facebook/NewsChannel 5 Nashville)

Savannah Phillips was waiting in the plane for her flight to take off when she looked over at the man sitting next to her, and saw that he was texted someone that he was being forced to sit next to a “smelly fatty.”

“Before I knew it, I could feel hot, salty tears coming down my face,” wrote Philips in a Facebook post. “I was shocked, and it was like confirmation of the negative things I think about myself on a daily basis.”

Phillips explained that normally she always tried to pick her seat so that people won’t be “uncomfortable” being near her, but that in this case she had no choice but to have a seat assigned to her.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

Making matters worse, an announcement came through the plane that their flight had been delayed. But as Phillips prepared to endure prolonged humiliation, a man behind them, Chase Irwin, intervened. Irwin tapped Phillips’ neighbor on the shoulder, and informed him that he too had seen his not-so-subtle texting and that he wasn’t going to “[put] up with that.” Irwin swapped seats with the body-shamer, and told Phillips “not to let that guy get to me and that everything was going to be fine,” she recalled.

Thanks to Irwin, Phillips said, an initially mortifying experience was transformed into a wonderful one. Irwin, she wrote, was her “hero.”

Watch Phillips discuss the incident below.

Read the full story at Yahoo.


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