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A passenger on a Delta Flight from Saint Paul in Minnesota, to Chicago, claims he was messaged by a pilot mid-flight.

The interaction, which occurred back in August, happened while the plane was mid-flight and involved a message from the pilot to the passenger JP Thorn saying “I see you’re on my flight. Enjoy the ride to Chicago.”

The 27-year-old college student didn’t receive the message until he was back on the ground in Chicago but noticed the message had been sent 30 minutes before they landed.


Speaking with the New York Post, Thorn said that according to the gay dating app, the man was 90 feet away from him, and the man’s profile features a photo of the sky taken from the cockpit.

JP Thorn (Twitter)
JP Thorn (Twitter)

Thorn said he messaged the guy back and he was told 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.”

While waiting for his connecting flight, Thorn said he continued to message the pilot who he said is “a nice guy” and that he “totally would have met him for coffee.”

On Sunday Thorn posted the Grindr message on Twitter which received thousands of shares and likes.

“I got a lot of people saying I should’ve met up with pilots because they make a lot of money,” Thorn said.

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.”

Last Updated on Nov 30, 2018

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