She burst into tears the moment she happened to see the text on his phone. She realized that he'd done it on purpose but decided to bite her tongue. Then a deep voice cut in behind them, "I need to talk to you."
1. A Working Mother
Savannah Phillips is a proud mother of three from Oklahoma and has a loving family and a satisfying job. Despite everything being seemingly perfect, she still feels insecure from time to time, especially when she travels by plane.
2. Oversized Life
Because of her oversized figure, Savannah had suffered from mockery and discrimination, which in turn led to her low self-esteem. She tried not to think of that negative part of her life, but someone forcingly reminded her about it.
3. Flight Phobia
Savannah is a businesswoman, which means she has no other choice but to fly a lot. She hates that because the seats are too small for her. Savannah doesn't like to bother other passengers by occupying their personal space. So every time Savannah takes the plane, she tries to book an isolated seat. But her plan doesn't always work.
4. Not This Time
When she boarded a plane to Chicago on Monday, Savannah asked the clerk whether there was any seat with no one around when she arrived at the counter of her gate. No luck this time. They refused her demand, and her begging was in vain because the plane was too packed.
5. Bad Omen
When Savannah boarded the plane and walked down the aisle, some passengers cast sidelong glances at her. She ignored them anyway, but it was hard to ignore her uneasiness, as if something bad would happen.
6. An Unpleasant Start
The businesswoman tried to contain her sense of foreboding when she looked for her seat. Her seatmate gave her a spiteful look and then stood up to let her in. When she squeezed into her window seat, she heard her neighbor heave a passive-aggressive sigh. The poor woman had nothing to do but put up with it, and she had no idea that it was just the start.
7. Let Her Know
Her seatmate looked like he was in his 60s. He took out his phone and began typing something. That didn't seem enough for him, so he increased the brightness and the font size and even tilted the screen to expose his words to Savannah's glance.
8. Tear Dropping
His unusual behavior grabbed Savannah's attention. When she finally figured out what messages he had been sending, she quickly turned to the window and felt hot, salty tears dropping from her eyes. However, someone behind them had seen all their interactions.
9. Nightmare Haunting Her
Suddenly, Savannah realized why he'd kept changing his screen setting. He just wanted her to read his mean message, "Sitting next to a smelly fatty." The victim of his intentional offense was being transported back to her school days when her classmates had shamed her for her weight. But this time, someone stood up for her, or rather, behind her.
10. Hero Coming
The senior was tapped on his shoulder by a stranger behind him. After he turned around, the guy said, "Hey, I need to talk to you... We are switching seats. Now." The senior appeared surprised, "OK, why?" The young man replied, "(removing curse words), You are texting about her, and I'm not putting up with that."
11. The Good Making Her Day
The fat-shamer could now only cowardly comply with his request. Then The kind guy came to sit beside her and gently comforted crying Savannah. During their small talk, Savannah got to know that the man was called Chase Irwin, worked for Whiskey Row in Nashville and was a father of a two-year-old son. These became the only clues she had to find the gentleman.
12. Sharing It On Facebook
After they parted in the airport, Savannah can't help but share the sweet story on her Facebook with the hope that someone might find Chase for her.
13. A Trending Topic
Not a KOL herself, Savannah was surprised that the post went viral with thousands of likes, shares, and comments. The lady received so many words of encouragement, telling her that she was beautiful. Her followers also paid compliments to Mr. Irwin's heroic deed. But where was he?
14. Lost But Found
Surprisingly, Facebook "detectives" quickly found out who Chase Irwin was. The critical clue was the company he managed, and they flocked into the website of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row bar and restaurant in Nashville, to express their respect and admiration. The media also noted the trending story soon after.
15. "I Was Sick To My Stomach"
News Channel 5 interviewed Mr. Irwin about the incident. He opened up about some unknown details of the flight. He thought it was better to talk to the senior after they'd landed, but something made him sick to his stomach and instantly changed his mind.
16. It Indeed Hurt
Chase was aware of his neighbour's interaction from the very beginning. He saw the man typing, "Hey babe, sitting next to a smelly fatty. She's overflowing over my armrest. I think I'm going to be sick!" Then he noticed that Savannah was shedding tears for it and his heart sank, too.
17. A Snapchat Post
He hesitated over whether he should say something to the abuser. He decided to take a video of the man on Snapchat first. He wrote, "This guy, prob mid-50s, just texts his wife that he is sitting next to a smelly fatty and was about to vomit. I watched her read his text and is now looking sad. Should I... just say something when landing?"
He hated discrimination and couldn't put up with the rude words that had driven the woman to tears. He notified a flight attendant what he was going to do and then confronted the body-shamer out of sheer anger.
19. Teaching Him A Lesson
When he offered to swap seats with the senior, he thanked him for a better place in his mind and asked him why. But Chase decided to teach him a lesson, "Because you're a heartless person, I read your text, and the girl next to you crying also read your text. And you really should take into consideration other people's feelings." The abuser couldn't say anything and didn't say anything for the rest of the flight.
20. Irwin's Recollection
"When I sat down next to Savannah, she was crying. I hugged her, and I said I know why you're crying. I saw the exact same thing you did, and I'm gonna let you know you're not crying the rest of the flight because you're not going to let this guy win," said Irwin.
21. What A Hero Deserve
Mr. Irwin was greeted with so many compliments from netizens and from his boss, too. His company Dierks Whiskey Row stated that they were so proud of Chase, and they said, "Thank you to everyone who has messaged us regarding this story, it has warmed the heart of our entire team."