(FOX NEWS) - Air travel is generally cramped and all-around uncomfortable as it is, but one woman's flight quickly turned into an awful experience after getting body-shamed by the man next her.
Plus-size model and self-described “fat lady” Natalie Hage was on a recent flight to LA in the middle seat of an exit row when she noticed the man sitting next to her texting rude comments about her size. In a post on Instagram, she described the experience, and shared three photos of the man and his phone.
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.
“I’m shaking right now,” she posted. “As soon as I sat down, the gentleman on my left began LOUDLY huffing, sighing, and readjusting himself in his seat.”
Hage goes on to explain that the man was texting and purposely turning his phone away from her, so she looked to see what he was writing. “The texts were about me and I’m almost positive he took photos of me,” she wrote. “…they were really mean and ugly.”
She also posted a video on Facebook showing her confronting the man. The video has been viewed more than 1 million times.
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