An airline passenger says felt ‘creeped out’ when a Delta pilot messaged him on a gay dating app during their flight.
JP Thorn was flying from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Chicago last August when the unusual incident occurred.
After landing, Thorn switched on his phone service and says he was was astonished to notice a new notification on Grindr.
“I see you’re on my flight,” the message read. “Enjoy the ride to Chicago.”
The 27-year-old student says he was startled by the unnerving text and rushed to get off the aircraft.
“My reaction was I knew I needed to get off this plane as fast as I can,” Thorn told The New York Post. “I’ve had some weird experiences with proximity stuff on Grindr.”
According to the app, the pilot was located 90 feet away from him and his profile also included a photo of the sky taken from inside a plane’s cockpit.
The message had been sent 30 minutes prior to landing, meaning the pilot composed it during the 90-minute journey to the Windy City.
Thorn, who was taking a connecting flight to Nashville, confirmed the man was indeed a pilot after messaging him back.
Later, Thorn became more relaxed about their interaction as he waited at the airport and struck up a online conversation with the mystery airman.
“He asked me about our flight, how it was on the way, and [the conversation] was really standard,” Thorn said. “I said there was no turbulence, then he made a joke about turbulence.”
Thorn has since lost contact with the captain after deleting the app from his phone – but now regrets not meeting up during his layover.
“I meet up with people all the time from Grindr,” Thorn said. “I think I totally would have met him for coffee.”
This weekend Thorn uploaded a screenshot of their exchange to Twitter which quickly gathered thousands of likes and shares from amazed social media users.
“I got a lot of people saying I should’ve met up with pilots because they make a lot of money,” he told the Post. “That was pretty funny.”
Delta have been contacted for comment.
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