A plus-size US mannequin has been extensively praised for confronting a passenger accused of sending “imply and ugly” messages about her throughout a flight.
Natalie Hage, who was travelling to Los Angeles for a photograph shoot, mentioned that in one of many texts, he wrote to a good friend that the flight wouldn’t take off due to her weight.
In one other, he mentioned: “I feel she ate a Mexican.”
The person later apologised, saying he had had just a few drinks earlier than boarding.
Ms Hage shared the incident, which occurred on Thursday, on social media. A video of the trade has been watched greater than 1,000,000 occasions.
Ms Hage, who described herself as being “extraordinarily flight anxious”, mentioned she had paid $70 (£54) for extra area “as a result of I do know I would like a bit of further leg room” however that there have been solely center seats out there.
“As quickly as I sat down, the gentleman on my left started LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat,” she wrote on a post on Instagram.
Then, Ms Hage mentioned, she observed that he was sending textual content messages to a good friend about her.
“[The recipient] says ‘Hopefully she did not have any Mexican meals’ and his response is ‘I feel she ate a Mexican’. Then he proceeds to say he is leaving a ‘neck mark on the window’ as a result of he is so smashed in opposition to the wall.”
She mentioned she requested the person on her proper to alter seats, telling him what had occurred, however that he laughed and refused.
“This can be a fats individual’s every day actuality and never simply on a airplane. That is on a bus, standing in line on the grocery retailer, at a live performance, on the web. You will be utterly in your personal area, not bothering anybody, and folks will nonetheless f*** with you and attempt to damage you.
“All you are able to do is know you have not carried out something unsuitable simply by present and to maneuver on.”
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Later, she confronted the passenger, and posted a video of it on Facebook, and the put up has been preferred by greater than 7,000 individuals. Within the video, he apologised. However later mentioned she shouldn’t sit on the emergency row as she could be unfit to assist individuals out.
When she cited one of many messages he allegedly despatched, he laughed. “Do not ever deal with any individual like that once more,” she advised him.
On Fb, Ms Hage has been extensively praised for her “braveness” and for being a “courageous lady”.