Woman goes viral on TikTok sharing inappropriate messages from fellow plane passenger

Georgia-May Davis shares unwanted racy Seat Chat conversation from Chad4C on Air New Zealand flight.
Photo credit: TikTok/Georgia-May Davis

An Australian woman on an Air New Zealand flight has shared the inappropriate messages she received from a fellow passenger who appeared to be making unwanted sexual advances.

Georgia-May Davis' video of the incident has been viewed 3.9 million times on TikTok at the time of publishing, with more than 1700 comments.

On her flight, the direct messages came from a passenger using the alias 'Chad4C', presumably meaning they were named Chad and seated in 4C.

Using what appears to be Air NZ's Seat Chat messaging system, Chad initiated the conversation by asking how Davis was.

But things quickly escalated.

"Where u stayin?" he asked.

When Davis didn't respond, Chad followed up with: "I'm tryin hit."

"What!" Davis replied, to which Chad told her to "prolly come say hey [sic]" - before the clip shows her blocking the chat.

Among the dozens of comments on Davis' video are several from people surprised by the Seat Chat feature's existence, along with many making jokes about Chad and his apparent advances.

"Run girl," one said.

"But sis... he's in 4C so at least first class," said another.

"Thinking about the person next to him watching him type this," added a third.

"He wanted to access the Mile High Club," another viewer quipped.

Davis replied to multiple questions about which airline she was flying, saying it was Air NZ, but gave no details about the date she travelled or where she was headed.

What is Air New Zealand's Seat Chat and how safe is it?

An Air NZ spokesperson told Newshub the Seat Chat feature "is designed to support customers who are travelling together but are not sitting together. This enables them to talk to their friends, family or anyone they're travelling with on the flight without having to leave the comfort of their seat".

"This feature has been onboard our aircraft for a number of years and automatically prevents offensive words such as swear words from being used. Customers can also block or ignore seat chats as they wish," the spokesperson continued.

"If customers do have any concerns with messages they receive from other travellers, we encourage them to raise it with our crew immediately."

Parents travelling with their children can turn off Seat Chat altogether so strangers can't initiate a conversation with the young ones, if they wish.

"The feature can also be easily deactivated via screen settings, meaning customers can disable their own Seat Chat feature or that of their childs if they wish. There is also an automatic restriction in place that prevents customers messaging unaccompanied minors," the spokesperson said.