Things got a little too hot for at least one passenger during a flight.
Airline passenger “Jess” (apparently not her real name) flew from Bali to Sydney, Australia. Like many of us, she opted to watch some filmed entertainment.
Jess told Australia’s Kidspot that she “checked whether there might be any kids around” — and selected Magic Mike’s Last Dance as her film du jour. For those who don’t know, the Magic Mike franchise stars Channing Tatum — who plays a male stripper.
You already see where this is going, don’t you?
Kidspot’s Eleanor Katelaris writes, “Salma Hayek was having quasi-sex with Tatum in her kitchen, oiled-up dancers rhythmically gyrated on lots of different surfaces, and there was enough of a relationship arc for people to claim ‘there was a plot!'”
A female passenger next to Jess “had constantly been glancing over” to the movie. (Are you like me? Do you sometimes watch the movie or TV show on someone else’s seatback screen when you could just as easily watch it on yours? Despite having seen it a bajillion times, I got sucked into Casino during a flight this summer — which was playing on a screen across the aisle and a couple of rows up.)
But the neighboring passenger tapped Jess on the shoulder — and handed her a note.
“I accepted it without even glancing down to see what was written,” Jess said. “When I’d taken a quick look, the shock hit me and I went silent. Up until that moment, we’d had very little interactions, so it really caught me by surprise.”
The note read:
If you want to accept His offer you may pray this prayer…. Dear Lord Jesus, I realize I am a sinner and I believe you bled and died to pay the price for my sin. I believe that you rose from the dead and you live forevermore. Please forgive me and come into my heart and save my soul. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Friend, if you would like:
- To study the Bible
- Someone to pray for you
- Help with a personal problem
- Someone to visit you
- To join a youth group
- A Bible
Please do not hesitate to let me know.
Jess was not deterred. She pressed on and watched the rest of Magic Mike.
Jess told Kidspot said the woman “lectured” her a few hours later “about the ‘evils of Satan’ and why she ‘needed the guidance of God.'”
For her part, Jess apparently listened politely and then put her headphones back on. And that was that.
(I’ve found that firing back some book of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 1-8, usually quiets things down.)
If this all happened as Jess said, I applaud her for keeping her cool. Given that air rage is becoming more and more common, it’s good tempers didn’t flare — especially because morals were called into question.
In a picture posted to Kidspot’s article, you can see that Magic Mike’s Last Dance seemed to be offered as part of the flight’s inflight entertainment options. Perhaps Sr. Mary Margaret Frances needs to offer some Jesus to the airline instead.
I also wonder if she was projecting — and felt guilty for watching Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek get all sexy with each other. (I mean, how can you not snoop that? They’re both so good looking that it’s unfair.) Maybe she wanted forgiveness for watching something spicy, which inspired her to jump into religious action.
A woman judged a fellow passenger for watching Magic Mike’s Last Dance during a flight. Cinematic tastes weren’t called into question — but, rather, morals.
The passenger handled the issue with class and pressed on with her saucy movie.
How would you have handled this situation? Let’s keep it civil and respectful.
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