Savannah Phillips is a wife and mother. When she’s traveling by airplane, she also describes herself as “not the biggest person on the airplane, but I’m not the smallest.”Phillips explained in a Facebook post that she tries “to sit in a row where I don’t have to sit next to anyone” because she doesn’t want “someone being uncomfortable because they have to sit next to me.”In 2018, on a flight to Chicago, Phillips was not able to choose her seat. Instead, her seat was assigned when she got to the gate. She had a window seat, and when she boarded the plane, the person sitting next to her, a self-described comedian, stood up so that she could get to her seat. After he sat back down, he took out his phone and sent a text, a very rude text about Phillips, and she saw what he was typing.
Phillips explained that the man sitting next to her “got his phone out (with huge font and the screen brightness turned all the way up). His phone was maybe 12 inches from my face and he proceeded to text someone that he was sitting next to ‘a smelly fatty.’” Phillips turned towards the window and started crying.