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Kevin Smith

Southwest Thinks I'm Fat

2/14/2010 1:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0214_kevin_smith_twitter-1Kevin Smith was thrown off a Southwest Airlines flight yesterday for being a "safety risk" -- a polite way of saying he was deemed too fat to fly.

Smith was flying from Oakland to Burbank and was, according to his own tweets, already seated and ready to go when a Southwest attendant named Suzanne "told me Captain Leysath deemed me a 'safety risk.'"

He flew into Oakland on a SW flight, and tweeted later
(along with the photo on the right) that he eventually flew out on one as well.

Smith also received a $100 voucher for his trouble and a few apologetic tweets from SWA, but based on the number of four-letter words used on Smith's Twitter page ... we don't think the apology was accepted.

UPDATE: Southwest responded to Silent Bobgate on their blog.

UPDATE 2
: The SW site seems to be down. Read the blog entry by clicking below.

2/13 Flight 2394, Oakland-Burbank:
Many of you reached out to Southwest Airlines via Twitter last night (2/13) and today (2/14) regarding a situation a Customer Twittered about that occurred on a Southwest flight. It is unusual for us to handle individual Customer concerns in so public a forum, but with so many people involved in and aware of the situation, 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. We are sincerely sorry for your travel experience on Southwest Airlines.

As soon as we saw the first Tweet from Mr. Smith, we contacted him personally to apologize for his experience and to address his concerns on both Twitter and with a personal phone call last night and another call this afternoon (2/14). Since the situation has received a lot of public attention, we'd like to take the opportunity to address a few of the specifics here as well.

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.

You've read about these situations before. Southwest instituted our Customer of Size policy more than 25 years ago. The policy requires passengers who cannot fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while traveling. This policy is not unique to Southwest Airlines and it is not a revenue generator. Most, if not all, carriers have similar policies, but unique to Southwest is the refunding of the second seat purchased (if the flight does not oversell) which is greater than any revenue made (policy is available at www.southwest.com). The spirit of this policy is based solely on Customer comfort and Safety. As a Company committed to serving our Customers in Safety and comfort, we feel the definitive boundary between seats is the armrest. If a Customer cannot comfortably lower the armrest and infringes on a portion of another seat, a Customer seated adjacent would be very uncomfortable and a timely exit from the aircraft in the event of an emergency might be compromised if we allow a cramped, restricted seating arrangement.
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16.

w    

I would date this man in a second! who cares what my husband would think.

1623 days ago
17.

99steve99    

Sorry, but, if you cannot sit in YOUR seat, then you need to buy two. If you think because you are fat that you should be in some kind of protected class, think again.

If I'm sitting next to you, and you need to take up some of my seat, what makes you think you have that right????? What makes you think that you have a right to taking some of my space along with all of yours?? Only arrogance and inconsiderate thinking would cause someone to be indignant in this situation.

Loose weight, or buy two seats. It's that simple!!!

1623 days ago
18.

John    

Loose some weight, fatty. Stop stuffing your face with food and maybe loose a few pounds.

I'm sick of being stuck next to a fat flyer. Its very inconvenient for the rest of us.

How hard is it to put down that donut once in a while.

1623 days ago
19.

Ella    

I REALLY don't think they should have to make airplanes bigger just because we live in a land of fat asses.

1623 days ago
20.

steve allen    

Ya know, with SWA all you have to do is know how the system works...you check in 24 hours earlier, you arrive on time...find your spot in line...sit back and enjoy the flight...and one last thing...DON'T BE FAT...definetly, do NOT BE FAT...you can be stupid,drunk,smell and or fart...BUT DON'T YOU BE FAT...it mkes the plane fly funny...and THANK YOU SWA for serving my favorite scotch...so it is with great pleasure that I ask and state " HEY SWA, make mine a double and a diet for my FAT FRIEND in row 24...seats 1,2 and 3...

1623 days ago
21.

Fran    

Who flys from Oakland to Burbank? Dude - it's not like you've got anything else to do (please don't make Clerks 3) so why not drive and enjoy the scenery? Then you can be all that you want to be and SW Airlines can bite you! No - wait a minute - can't do that - there's no publicity in that, is there?

1623 days ago
22.

Hedi&Spencie4EVER    

I love that whoever said "when pigs fly" lmfao! One pig did not get to fly

1623 days ago
23.

Mark    

Yeah for SouthWest!!!! They won my business. I HATE getting stuck next to a fat ass. And let's face it, Kevin Smith is a huge fat ass!

1623 days ago
24.

Icebaby    

His older movies are great and that's that. I wonder if he's still around boring @ss Oakland, would like too see him.

1623 days ago
25.

UGGGGHHH    

that 100.00 will buy that fatty his lunch

1623 days ago
26.

KGY    

WHO

1623 days ago
27.

Laney    

LOOK:


The average size woman is 14. wtf? Cmon..the obesity in many countries is disgusting. Food to this folks is a drug . It is as serious an addiction as Crack Cocaine. But, you can not hide it...

but the point here is:

I can not stand sitting next to FAT FOLKS, I am sorry, but I dont dislike them, it is VERY intrusive and uncomfortable for others. Fat folks are very selfish people in general. And, I am sick of them whining like little btches about their HUGE problem.


STUFF YOUR GORDS ALL YOU WISH, WE DO NOT CARE,


BUT FU IF U THINK I WANT TO SIT ANYWHERE NEAR YOU, LET ALONE IN AN AIRPLANE SEAT.

HOW CAN YOU FAT FOLKS NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.

SO SIMPLE. THINK OF HOW UNCOMFORTABLE YOU ARE AROUND IN SHAPE FOLKS, EXCEPT REVERSE.

YOU ARE ALL REPULSIVE AND WE CARE ABOUT OUR HEALTH AND OTHERS.


GET IT NOW?

1623 days ago
28.

me    

LOL You all are just mad cause he has more money then you will ever see in your life.

1623 days ago
29.

johnny    

Yeah Silent Bob is a tubby bastard, but he's not one of those people who are so morbidly obese that they take up 2 seats. It's just another case of an airline trying to make as much money as possible. Like the $8 blankets.

1623 days ago
30.

Ari    

Fat ass whiner!

1623 days ago
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