Hero saves woman from bullying on flight - WSMV News 4

Hero saves woman from bullying on flight

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A woman was bullied on a flight to Chicago. (WSMV) A woman was bullied on a flight to Chicago. (WSMV)
Savannah Phillips (WSMV) Savannah Phillips (WSMV)
Chase Irwin (WSMV) Chase Irwin (WSMV)

A mother on a plane was called a “smelly fatty.” The man sitting next to her was body-shaming her in a text message.

What a Nashville man did changed the women’s flight for the better.

On Monday, Chase Irwin, general manager of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, was on a flight to Chicago. He saw a nauseating text message and a woman crying. That’s when he decided enough was enough.

“I saw him text ‘Hey babe, I’m sitting next to a smelly fatty,’” said Irwin, describing the text messages he saw a man on his flight sending.

The man was body-shaming the women that he was sitting next to.

“It was followed by I can’t even put the armrest down,” said Irwin.

The women being made fun of was Savannah Phillips, a mother of two from Oklahoma.

“We taxied out to the runway and turned all the lights down and that was when I had glanced out to the aisle and glanced back and saw the two words smelly fatty,” said Phillips.

 “I look over and I notice Savannah looking at his phone. My heart just dropped and I was sick to my stomach," said Irwin.

"I started crying and couldn’t stop,' said Phillips.

Irwin told the flight attendants what was happening, but it was a full flight with nowhere else for the man to sit.

“I said OK well I’m going to switch seats with him,” said Irwin.

“I heard something about switching seats and when I turned around Chase was sitting next to me,” said Phillips.

“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.

“I was shocked and surprised and thankful,” said Phillips.

Phillips hopes this story will encourage others to be as courageous as Irwin.

She said bullying can happen to anyone and hopes we can all learn to be kind and accepting of others.

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