A TUI passenger called a co-passenger about her size on Facebook.
A “bully” business is blasted for fat-shaming a fellow plane passenger by branding her a ‘lump of lard’ on social media.
Lewis Openshaw, 24, ranted on Facebook that he was appalled to be sitting next to a big sweaty fat f*** with a hairy chin with a minging face’ on his flight to Tunisia from Manchester Airport last week.
Pals piled in with the cruel sexual jibes following Lewis’ post, in which he said that the passenger looked “like she headbutted a flaky cheese and beans pasta of Greggs.”
When a friend laughed at the post, Lewis replied: “I’m f***ing smoking partner. Can’t even get my arm on the arm rest cause of her 6×4 biceps.”
Another pal asked him to take a picture of her to share, and Lewis answered: “I will when she’s asleep. They will t*** me. She is a good chunk of lard.”
Less than an hour later he shared a picture of the woman who seems to be sleeping next to him with her hand on the face.
Lewis, who uses the name of Lewis Opey on social media, and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, I present [to] you the culprit! [Name] the lump of lard.”
It is unclear whether the name that is used by Lewis was the real name of the passenger or not.
The security director of the company, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, was abuse is approached for comment about the fat-shaming messages.
He said: “I hope you get cancer and die” before you delete the messages from his profile.
Dr. Stuart Flint, a senior research fellow in public health and obesity at Leeds Beckett University, said abuse of someone over their weight can lead to serious psychological problems.
He said: “It’s like the playground bully. You can see some of the emojis used that it is seen as quite comical if it is a joke.
“In terms of the impact [the victim of the abuse], the first thing I would say is, the impact is large.
“You have to think about the impact on the person. It can be very extensive and very serious. It can affect their mental and physical health, but also self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
“There needs to be greater restrictions on social media and in terms of the weight of stigma and discrimination.”
According to the TUI website, it is a violation of the terms and conditions of the transport to “behave in a manner which causes discomfort, inconvenience or damage to other passengers” and they may take measures that we deem necessary to prevent continuation of such conduct.”
TUI declined to comment.
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