Natalie Hage was op pad na Los Angeles op ’n vlug van American Airlines toe die man in die sitplek langs haar dit baie duidelik begin maak dat hy nie gelukkig is om langs haar te sit nie.

Natalie het ’n ekstra R922 ($70) betaal vir ekstra beenruimte maar was toe nogmeer senuweeagtig omdat haar sitplek in die middel was.

Sy beweer die vreemdeling het “hardop begin blaas, sug en in sy sitplek rondgeskuif” toe sy langs hom gaan sit.

Toe merk sy op dat hy verwoed ’n boodskap op sy foon tik terwyl hy die foon weg van haar gedraai het. Sy het geloer – en toe kry sy ’n blik op die “nare en gemene” teksboodskappe wat hy vir sy pel stuur.

“Die teksboodskappe was oor my en ek is amper doodseker hy’t foto’s van my geneem,” het sy op Instagram geskryf met foto’s wat sy van die beweerde gesprek geneem het.

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.

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“Ingeval jy dit nie kan lees nie, daar staan: ‘Hopelik het sy nie enige Mexikaanse kos geëet nie,’” verduidelik Natalie. “Sy antwoord is: ‘Ek dink sy het ’n Mexikaan geëet.’”

Die man sê voorts hy los ’n “nekmerk op die venster” omdat hy so teen die muur vasgepen word.

Natalie skryf die man het selfs albei armleunings opgelig en met sy elmboë in haar sy gedruk.

Sy het ook ’n foto van sy teksboodskap geneem wat lui: “Indien daar op die nuus berig word oor die DFW-lugbus a321 wat die aanloopbaan verlaat het sonder om te draai, sal dit my vlug wees.”

Nog een lui: “As hierdie sitplekke nie hou nie, gaan dit nie saak maak nie,” saam met nog snedige opmerkings.

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.

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Natalie het glo gevra om plekke te ruil met die man aan haar ander kant nadat sy vir hom vertel het wat aan die gang is, maar hy het net “gelag” en geweier.

“Dit is ’n vet mens se daaglikse werklikheid en dit gebeur nie net op ’n vliegtuig nie. Dit gebeur op ’n bus, wanneer jy in die tou by ’n kruidenierswinkel of by ’n konsert staan, en op die internet.”

“Jy kan heeltemal in jou eie ruimte wees, niemand pla nie, en mense sal jou steeds probeer seermaak. Al wat jy kan doen, is om te besef jy het niks verkeerd gedoen deur bloot te bestaan nie, en om aan te gaan met jou dag. Dit maak my net so woedend en hartseer.” 

Natalie het later ’n video gedeel waar sy die man konfronteer en hy ontken aanvanklik dat hy die boodskappe gestuur het.

Dan beweer hy dat hy gedrink het, voor hy op sy perdjie klim en sê hy was “gaaf” met Natalie deur haar ’n stukkie van sy skinkbord aan te bied om te gebruik.

Die man sê dan dat Natalie nie in die ry naby die uitgang hoort nie omdat sy vanweë haar gewig nie enigeen in ’n noodgeval sal kan help nie. 

Hierop het Natalie geantwoord dat sy vyf keer per week oefen en dat hy niks van haar lyf af weet nie.

“My liggaam is my saak . . . Moet nooit weer iemand so behandel nie.”

Bronne: Metro UK, The Sun, Daily Mail