Grindr messages can pop up at the most unexpected times. It can feel surreal or even a little creepy when it’s from a stranger just a few feet from you.
One user of the hook-up app was particularly shocked – and amused – to receive a message from what he believes was the pilot of the commercial plane he was travelling upon.
His tweet about the incident has now gone viral.
‘Remember when my pilot messaged me on grindr at 30,000 feet in the air’ said JP (@emobandtshirt). It was accompanied by a screenshot of the Grindr message. It simply said: ‘I see you’re on my flight. Enjoy the ride to Chicago.’
The tweet has had over 30,000 retweets and over 200,000 likes.
Unsurprisingly, many had questions. Such as, ‘Was he cute?’
‘I’ll never know I literally ran off that flight.’ responded JP.
Others found it amusing. ‘They don’t call it the cockpit for nothing,’ said @ShadeCentral.
Others questioned whether it’s safe for a pilot to be using Grindr during a flight. Some countered that most planes are flown largely on autopilot these days, with pilots as back-up, or that pilots are allowed bathroom breaks.
Others questioned how JP, who lives in St Paul, Minnesota, knew it was the pilot, or how he got the message at 30,000 feet when most people don’t have cell signal.
‘Airports are always an interesting cesspool of gays’
Gay Star News reached out to JP for comment. He says the incident happened a couple of months ago – which is when he first posted about it on his Instagram.
‘The incident happened when I was flying home to Kentucky to visit my parents and had a layover in Chicago.’
He clarified that he got the message upon landing and getting signal again.
‘One of the first things I did naturally after landing was check my Grindr because airports are always an interesting cesspool of gays. The first message I had was from that guy.’
He admits he can’t say for certain it was from the pilot, but says the cabin crew appeared too busy to be on their cellphones.
‘I don’t know for sure if was the pilot but I deduced that it was probable due to the fact the cabin crew were constantly doing something on the flight since it is less than an hour from Minneapolis to Chicago and they still elected to do drink and snack service. The message also came through at a time we would have been in the air.’