Flying can be daunting at the best of times - what with all the stories of planes disappearing recently - but imagine if you had the misfortune of sitting next to a fellow passenger who feels compelled to message his mates about your body shape. That's the exact situation plus-sized model Natalie Hage - who describes herself as extremely flight anxious - was unfortunate to find herself in during a recent flight to Los Angeles.
Natalie purposely booked herself extra legroom only to be confronted by a huffing and puffing neighbouring passenger who immediately whipped out his phone and began furiously texting a 'Linda', slamming her size. The influencer shared details of the humiliating situation on her Instagram account, recalling how understandably sad and enraged the situation made her feel. Natalie recounted the story in a lengthy caption, including examples of the damning texts she glimpsed, and pictures of the culprit texting on his phone as evidence.
But rather than sink into her seat and forget it ever happened at all, Natalie did the unthinkable - she confronted him. She recorded the exchange in which she was heard telling him: "Do you normally make fun of fat people? Is that something you like to do?" He then has the audacity to suggest she shouldn't sit near the emergency door as she's not "willing and able" to help people should an emergency evacuation be called.
He eventually concedes, telling Natalie she's "absolutely right" that her body doesn't tell him anything about her and that it's none of his business. In the clip, which has been viewed over 1 million times of Facebook, he's heard apologising, blaming it on the fact he had a few drinks before boarding which obviously doesn't excuse his behaviour but goes some way to explaining it.
Natalie has since been flooded with messages of support - a response she's described as a "whirlwind". Gushing about the positive reaction to the video, she wrote: "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."
And that's exactly why we're crowning Natalie the new sass queen.
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