Director booted off plane for being too fat

February 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Director Kevin Smith, the man behind movies like "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy", is now taking front stage in a controversial airline policy.Kevin smith has made a career by saying nothing - as the character "Silent Bob."

But the comedian has had plenty to say on twitter after Southwest Airlines removed him from a flight yesterday for being too fat.

He responded with the ultimate "tweak out." Tweeting "I know I'm fat, but was captain really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"

In accordance with southwest's customers of size policy, smith had purchased two tickets - but then moved to an earlier flight - which had just one seat left. That's when the airline forced him off the plane.

When he got on another flight, he posted this picture, writing: "look how fat I am on your plane! Quick throw me off! The airline isn't laughing. They tweeted smith they're "very sorry for the experience" and issued him a $100 voucher. He responded with a tweet we can't show on television.

Southwest airlines told us - they've had customers of size policy for the last 25 years. Most airlines have rules like this on the books, they say for passenger safety and comfort. But few enforce them.

"The larger people are definitely being discriminated but the problem is the airlines are just hurting for cash, they have to come up with all different ways to make money these days," said Johnny DiScala, a travel expert.

The national association to advance fat acceptance is calling for a southwest boycott, urging "people of size seek out and travel airlines that do not have such discriminatory policies."

As for smith, he's letting the movies speak for him - he posted this clip Airforce One, summing up his experience. "Get off my plane!"


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