A man has helped out a woman who was horribly body shamed on a flight in the most incredible way.

Savannah Phillips boarded her United Airlines flight from Oklahoma to Chicago on Monday, when a man sat down next to her and proceeded to call her 'a smelly fatty' in a text message.

In a Facebook post, the mother described how the man was 'in his 60s with yellow sunglasses who claimed to be a comedian'.

She then explained how the man proceeded to take out his phone, which has a huge screen and with the brightness turned right up, and that he wrote a text describing her as a 'smelly fatty'.

Taking to Facebook, she wrote:

The flight attendant started the safety speech and he 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'. 

Needless to say, Ms Phillips was heartbroken, and before she knew it, she could feel 'hot salty tears coming down [her] face'.

The plane's takeoff was delayed, and she was anticipating an uncomfortable flight next to the abusive man. However, Chase Irwin, a restaurant and bar owner from Nashville, wasn't about to sit by without doing something to help.

All of a sudden, someone from behind taps on the guy's shoulder and says, 'Hey, I need to talk to you.'

The guy next to me takes out his headphones. 

Someone behind us says, 'We're switching seats. Now.'

The guy next to me said 'OK - why?'

And I hear someone saying,'You are texting about her. And I'm not putting up with that.'

The two men switched seats, and Irwin noticed that Savannah had been crying, gave her a hug, and told her not to let it get to her.

Speaking to News Channel 5, Irwin commented:

When I saw her crying it really hit me hard. I actually got really sick to my stomach.

Since the event, Irwin has been hailed a hero. As soon as he switched seats with the abusive man, the air stewardess called him a hero and began giving him numerous free drinks.

People on social media have also paid tribute to his chivalrous act. Writing on Facebook, one commented:

Chase is an amazing guy. Honorable and chivalrous. God bless him and you.

Savannah said that his act of kindness proved to her that there are 'more good people in the world than bad'.

Speaking to News Channel 5, she said:

It meant the world to me.

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