Photo Credit: Kevin Smith/Twitter
Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight Saturday due to his weight -- an incident which sent the director on a Twitter rampage.
"I know I'm fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?" he ranted. "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.'"
The Mallrats director was asked to get off a flight from Oakland, Calif. to Burbank, Calif., after the pilot deemed him a "safety risk." The airline offered him a $100 voucher as an apology, but Smith was hardly appeased.
"Thank God I don't embarrass easily (bless you, JERSEY GIRL training). But I don't sulk off either: so everyday, some new f**k-you Tweets for @SouthwestAir," he wrote. "You f**ked with the wrong sedentary processed-foods eater!"
He even posted a photo of himself, mocking the situation. "Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off!"
After landing in Southern California, Smith Tweeted, "I've landed in Burbank. Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised."
Southwest posted a lengthy apology to Smith on their blog Sunday, attempting to explain the reason for their actions:
"Mr. Smith originally purchased two Southwest seats on a flight from Oakland to Burbank – as he’s been known to do when traveling on Southwest. He decided to change his plans and board an earlier flight to Burbank, which technically means flying standby. As you may know, airlines are not able to clear standby passengers until all Customers are boarded. When the time came to board Mr. Smith, we had only a single seat available for him to occupy. Our pilots are responsible for the Safety and comfort of all Customers on the aircraft and therefore, made the determination that Mr. Smith needed more than one seat to complete his flight. Our Employees explained why the decision was made, accommodated Mr. Smith on a later flight, and issued him a $100 Southwest travel voucher for his inconvenience."
Still, it doesn't seem that Smith is going to forgive and forget anytime soon.
"The @SouthwestAir Diet. How it works: you're publicly shamed into a slimmer figure. Crying the weight right off has never been easier!" he posted on his page.
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