An Oklahoma woman found herself in an uncomfortable situation on a domestic flight. The painful experience soon turned pleasant thanks to the intervention of a stranger.
In May 2018, Savannah Phillips, a nurse and mom of two from Oklahoma, boarded a United Airlines flight to Illinois. She sat next to a man in his 60s, and then her “worst nightmare” began.
The man texted a derogatory message about Phillips to someone. The font size on his phone was big enough for Phillips to see what he typed—“that he was sitting next to ‘a smelly fatty.’”
“I don’t even know what the rest of his text said,” Phillips wrote on Facebook.
Phillips has always been conscious of her weight, and seeing his message “was like a confirmation of the negative things” she thought of.
Feeling hurt, Phillips began to cry silently at her window seat and scrunched herself up against the side. Suddenly, she heard a stranger speak to the passenger next to her.
Chase Irwin, the general manager of Dierks Whiskey Row Nashville, tapped the man’s shoulder from behind and asked to switch seats.
I am only sharing this story of what happened to me today in hopes that the person who stuck up for me will somehow be…
“He tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Phillips told News Channel 5. “The guy took his earphones out and turned around and he said, ‘We’re switching seats right now.’”
The man obliged, and in the next moment, Irwin was sitting next to Phillips.
Irwin was shocked to see Phillips crying and told her not to let the man’s words get to her. The two then went on to talk about their spouses, kids, and jobs, amongst other things.
So, why did Irwin stick up for Phillips?
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“I was going to wait until the end of the flight to say something but I could not have this guy sit next to her this whole flight and her thinking he’s making fun of her,” Irwin said.
Irwin’s gesture meant the world to Phillips. He was her hero, and she wanted to let others know about his good deed. She hopes by sharing the story that it will inspire people to stand up for others when they need help.
Thanks Irwin for your kind intervention!
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