Plane Passenger Branded as 'Two-Ton Woman' By Rude Passenger Posts Letter That Goes Viral: 'I Will Take Up As Much Space As I Want'

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A Delta Airlines jet is prepared for flight at the Salt Lake International Airport August 12, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A Delta Airlines customer spoke out online against alleged abuse from a fellow traveler aimed at her size. George Frey/Getty Images

A new mother who was branded the "two-ton woman" by a fellow air passenger has spoken of the "outpouring [of] love" she received after posting an angry open letter online.

Katie Kiacz recalled in a Facebook post how a man sat beside her on a flight from Detroit to Orlando on Tuesday described her as a "2-ton woman" to a friend in a text message, Yahoo News reported.

In the post, which has since been removed from Facebook, Kiacz said she told the man: "I am not two tons but I did just have a baby. You sighed and got up to use the bathroom then quietly asked the flight attendant for a different seat."

"I'm glad there were not any," she wrote. "I bet you didn't tell her why you wanted to sit elsewhere, that you said something so heartless and were confronted."

She went on to claim the man failed to apologize.

Kiacz continued that while she does not need the man's validation she was sharing her experience to "call you out."

"Because I do not exist to please you. Because I will take up as much space as I want. Because even when confronted you did not think you were in the wrong, that you did not need to apologize."

"As a woman, I am sick of this s***," Kiacz wrote, arguing that she would have likely not faced the same treatment had she been accompanied by her husband, or if she were a man.

"Women deal with these attitudes and behavior more than men," she stated, adding: "And I. Am. Over. It."

Kiacz told readers she made the post public in the hope that a woman in the man's life would explain why his behavior was inappropriate.

The message was shared over 102,000 times, and sparked more than 85,000 comments.

In a post shared on Wednesday, she said the "outpouring love and support has been unreal."

She urged others to remember "we do not know the battles people are fighting and that we just need to be a little kinder to each other."

The incident comes after a woman who claimed she was fat-shamed at an amusement park filed a discrimination lawsuit with Florida Commission on Human Relations.

A spokesperson for Universal spokesperson told WFTV at the time: "While we don't comment on specific guest situations, we always strive to treat our guests with respect and we work to accommodate special requests when we can."

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