A Delta passenger alleges that his pilot messaged him on Grindr while the plane was mid-air.
JP Thorn, 27, told the New York Post that he took a 90-minute Delta flight from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Chicago in August. After landing, he saw that he had received a Grindr message.
“I see you’re on my flight. Enjoy the ride to Chicago,” the message read.
“I messaged him back and he told me that he was one of the pilots. 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.”
Thorn says the message was sent 30 minutes before the plane landed when the pilot was operating the plane.
While waiting for his connecting flight, Thorn says he continued to message the pilot who he says is “a nice guy” and that he “totally would have met him for coffee.”
Thorn posted the Grindr message on Twitter which received thousands of shares and likes.
remember when my pilot messaged me on grindr at 30,000 feet in the air pic.twitter.com/0q7QNDX7MV
— JP (@emobandtshirt) November 25, 2018
“I got a lot of people saying I should’ve met up with pilots because they make a lot of money,” Thorn says.
Thorn told the New York Post he hasn’t spoken to the pilot since.
Despite the incident, Thorn says he would continue to fly Delta.
“It’s the only airline I tend to use. I don’t think they get into too much controversy,” Thorn says.