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Southwest Airlines Kicks Kevin Smith Off a Flight For Being Too Fat

February 15, 2010 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

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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[Photo: Twitpic]

Archived Comments:

both are in the wrong here

kevin smith knew about southwest's policy beforehand since he always buys two tickets when he flies. but southwest should never have put him on that standby flight if they knew that he would probably be kicked off.


now Kevin Smith said on Twitter the "usually buys two tickets" thing is BS and that he fits the Southwest criteria. the saga continues! what say you, southwest?