A plus-size passenger who went viral on TikTok for slamming travel seat sizes has revealed she receives thousands of hateful comments a day.
Kirsty Leanne, 29, from Shropshire, has already made headlines after sharing her experience flying with Ryanair, where she complained about the size of the seats.
She shared a video on TikTok (@kirstyleannetravels) of her experience on the low-cost airline, where she was given a seat in the center aisle but was forced to ask for a seatbelt extender.
She then made headlines again after claiming she had been injured after traveling on a National Express coach due to the size of the seat.
Kirsty Leanne (pictured) is a plus size blogger. After sharing airplane seat video on Ryanair flight, she says she was inundated with cruel comments
In her video, which shared useful information for other plus-size passengers, the blogger shared information about the bathroom as well as the seats.
Following the video, she received thousands of cruel and fatphobic comments from social media users.
But since sharing her experience more than six weeks ago, Kirsty, who blogs at Also travel in large sizereceived a barrage of hateful comments on his social media and in the comment sections of articles.
Some of the slurs tell plus-sized Kirsty that she should be banned from flying with others suggesting she get salmonella from raw chicken to help her lose weight.
Others tell him to “go sit in the cow in the hold.”
Another comment read: “You don’t deserve to take up more space and I will do everything I can to make it as uncomfortable for you whenever I can.”
“Usually over 300 are stored under the plane,” another troll notes.
“There hasn’t been a day in the last six weeks that I haven’t received a hateful comment,” Kirsty said.
“It doesn’t bother me when I get one or two, but when I get massive feedback it can really start to affect me.”
“All of my work is to show tall people that they don’t need to lose weight to have fun and it can be hard to convey that message when I’m told daily that it’s not true. “
“When things are really bad I have to log off and take a little break, but that can be difficult when my business revolves around me being active on social media.
“The worst comments are when people make snap judgments about my lifestyle or tell me that tall people don’t deserve to be treated the same as straight-sized people.”
“It’s crazy that in 2022 people still think like that when it comes to weight and weight gain.”
In her video of flying on a Ryanair plane, Kirsty noted that she couldn’t use the tray table because there wasn’t enough room, but she was able to move seats around for more comfort. ‘space.
The blogger shared a photo of herself wearing a seatbelt extender during a flight
Other hateful comments read: “Fun in the operating room when the doctors can’t suture up to 6 inches of belly fat, it’s definitely the doctor’s fault.” [sic]
Another person wrote under a TikTok video: “You deserve it, you shut down everyone trying to help. I hope heart trouble catches you soon.
A troll said, “You don’t deserve anything!” before commenting again a minute later with: ‘I hope you can never live a normal life! You do NOT deserve it, you fucking disgusting.
Another TikTok user wrote, “Fat people don’t deserve to fly, travel or even have fun, they should be banned from the gym until they’re fixed.”
Kirsty estimates she receives between 50 and 3,000 hateful comments a day under videos or articles.
She mostly tries to ignore this, but admits she picks up on a few particularly mean comments.
His video drew a barrage of mean comments from social media users, with some making fatphobic comments and others suggesting the blogger needs to lose weight.
She added, “I know everyone reacts differently to hateful comments. Some people delete, block and ignore and others choose to deal with them.
“I don’t think either one is wrong as everyone deals with things in their own way and from experience I know how consuming they can be.”
“I personally respond to weird comments, but it can be hard to follow. I don’t feel obligated to answer but sometimes it’s hard not to, especially when I feel like I have to stand up for the plus size community.
“I would hate for others to see what people say without being sure the trolls are wrong.”
‘I sometimes have a little fun with it! Especially if someone comments something ridiculous.
Kirsty says she sometimes responds to mean comments, but it can be hard to keep up with them all.
According to Kirsty, many people make snap judgments about her based on her body size, but she says all bodies are worthy of respect.
“People are quick to judge me based on my size. They see me as a burden on society and they’re not afraid to tell me that.
“Whether they’re telling me I’m going to have a heart attack at 30 or that they would hate to look like me, every comment they have to make is because I’m in a bigger body than them.”
“In reality, they should be directing their anger at the airlines and other spaces that are not accessible and that is why they are not comfortable.
“Of course, their response is, ‘Well, it’s your fault you’re fat,’ which just isn’t true.
“There are so many factors that can affect a person’s weight and no matter what someone’s situation, it should be no less worthy of respect, pleasure, comfort and safety.”
Blogger says while the internet can be a cruel place, it’s important to stay true to yourself
Kirsty hasn’t given up on blogging, despite all the vicious comments she’s received, and has vowed to keep sharing her experiences
But a determined Kirsty hasn’t been put off by the hateful comments and continues to share her experiences.
She added, “I just want everyone to know that the internet is a cruel place sometimes, but no matter what everyone thinks, it’s important to stick with you.
“Happy people don’t hurt others, and for the most part, the people who leave these comments aren’t happy in their own lives and therefore take it out on others.”
“If you’re ever in the position where you get a lot of feedback, remember that their opinions don’t have to define you.
“Treat it in the way that best helps you and continue to be yourself.
“For those who leave hateful comments on people’s posts, remember there’s someone like you behind the screen reading them.”