Southwest Airlines Kicks Kevin Smith Off a Flight For Being Too Fat
February 15, 2010 at 8:31 AM
Director Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks, Cop Out) has a warning for fellow fatties, "IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME, YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM @SOUTHWESTAIR".
Smith was asked to get off a flight from Oakland to Burbank, CA on Saturday for being a security risk, aka too fat. True to form, Smith Tweeted the entire escapade, explaining:
I flew out in one seat, but right after issuing me a standby ticket, Oakland Southwest attendant Suzanne (wouldn't give last name) told me Captain Leysath deemed me a 'safety risk.' Again: I'm way fat... But I'm not THERE just yet. But if I am, why wait til my bag is up, and I'm seated WITH ARM RESTS DOWN. In front of a packed plane with a bunch of folks who'd already I.d.ed me as Silent Bob.
Kevin refused the $100 voucher Southwest offered him in return for the inconvenience and eventually did get on another Southwest flight to Burbank. He tweeted a photo of himself on that plane with his cheeks puffed out and the caption, "Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off!"
Southwest Airlines did respond to Smith on Twitter and in this blog post, but neither is an apology.
You can hear Smith's hour-and-a half-long rendition of his forced exit from Southwest in Smodcast #106, "Go F*ck Yourself, SoutwestAirlines" at Smodcast.com.
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