Clerks director kicked off plane for being too fat
Director Kevin Smith Kicked Off Plane
MYFOXNY.COM -- Famed Indie Director Kevin Smith is fighting back at Southwest Airlines via the internet after he was kicked off a flight for being too large.
Smith alerted his fans about the issue via his twitter account on Saturday night.
Smith tweeted, "I know I'm fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"
It started a conversation between his twitter and the Southwest twitter and many other people started entering the fray.
The discount airline ended up being forced to issue a news release on Sunday titled "Not So Silent Bob", a reference to a reoccurring character Smith played in several of his movies.
Southwest's Christi Day wrote, "Many of you reached out to us via Twitter last night and today regarding a situation a Customer Twittered about that occurred on a Southwest flight. It is not our customary method of Customer Relations to be so public in how we work through these situations, but with so many people involved in the occurrence, you also should be involved in the solution. First and foremost, to Mr. Smith; we would like to echo our Tweets and again offer our heartfelt apologies to you."
Southwest says Smith originally purchased two Southwest seats on a flight from Oakland to Burbank. He decided to change his plans and board an earlier flight. There was only one seat available and Smith boarded the plane. The airline does admit that the pilot asked Smith to leave the flight, citing it's Customer of Size policy.
The policy requires passengers that can not fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while traveling.
Smith says he turned down a $100 voucher the airline offered him for his trouble.
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