US pilot slides into plane passenger's dating app DMs mid-flight

A passenger has spoken out on the "weird experience" of having a pilot try to hit on him mid-flight on dating application Grindr.

After landing on a flight from Minnesota to Chicago in August and turning on his mobile's cellular service, 27-year-old JP Thorn saw he had a received a message on gay dating app Grindr.

"I see you're on my flight. Enjoy the ride to Chicago," the message said.

Mr Thorn said the experience initially made him feel uncomfortable.

"My reaction was I knew I needed to get off this plane as fast as I can. I've had some weird experience with proximity stuff on Grindr," he told The New York Post.

The message had been sent half an hour before the flight landed, with the application saying the sender was 28 metres away from him.

Considering the time, distance, and that the sender's profile had a picture of the sky taken from the cockpit, Mr Thorn deducted that the sender had to be the pilot, which the man later claimed was correct.

Mr Thorn kept talking to the man, who he described as sounding like a "nice guy", as he walked to his connecting flight - including joking about turbulence.

While he later deleted the application and lost touch with the pilot, he said if he hadn't been needing to catch a connecting flight, he would have met up with the man.

"I meet up with people all the time from Grindr. I think I totally would have met him for coffee," he said.

Despite some countries having restrictions on mobile phone use in the air, onboard wifi is common in the United States.


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