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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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31.

Meh    

Team Silent Bob!

1714 days ago
32.

giantSnail    

1714 days ago
33.

TheBarbarian    

I don' think he looks fat.
But his self photo, looks like he must have
had aother reasons to throw him off.
sorry, I don' tthink SW will put you off the
plane for being phat. i don't believe it.

1714 days ago
34.

YOUCH    

Just because I am thin does not give anyone fat enough to fit in my excess seat portion the right to do so. He should have either had to buy two tickets (if he was taking up more then his seat) or, if it was me, I'd sell him half of my seat...LOL

1714 days ago
36.

CutTheCrap    

You tell em Kevin!!

1714 days ago
37.

CutTheCrap    

Oh and Cheryl: STFU!!

1714 days ago
38.

CutTheCrap    

Same to to you Sophia: I bet both you two are so big you need a crane to get you out of bed.

1714 days ago
39.

lesdiggitydoo    

hey Kevin Smith.. shut ur fat face..
your "tweets" are gay. take your embarrassment like a man & shut the hell up..
just cause you're a rich, fat guy from NJ doesn't mean someone wants your thighs on their neck the whole flight..
next time, fly Delta or United if you don't like it and pay all their BS fees, ya douche.

1714 days ago
40.

MLan    

Yes i understand the reasoning for severly obese individuals to have trouble on planes but honestly have any of u people seen kevin smith lately?/ He has lost a riduculous amount of weight i cant understand y they would consider him too big??!! I know everyone is picturing silent bob but he has dropped over 100lbs I think sw needs to watch out in what they do they r going to do it to the wrong person one day.....

1714 days ago
41.

um, no thanks    

Maybe he can sue Jillian Michaels like some others who can't control their weight.

1714 days ago
42.

mel    

If your house does not fit on your lot, you have to buy more land

Same thing with your body, if it doesn't stay in your seat area you need to buy the seat next to you.

I'm tired of huge people complaining ! BUY 2 seats if you can't fit in one.

It's amazing that such a non relevant person gets this attention.

1714 days ago
43.

Lisa    

I don't know what he looks like now but just by the pic he doesn't look that big. I'm sure there's bigger people that have flown. How embarrassing plus the fact that he isn't just a regular person. I wonder if anywhere in an airport it mentions weight of a single person on a plane..prob not.

1714 days ago
44.

Nixx    

I thought if your were of a certain size you had to purchase 2 seats?
I do have to say if Mr. Smith was the guy sitting next to me I'd let him take up part of my seat. I would have no problem sharing with Silent Bob! :)

1714 days ago
45.

digital    

What's next, Sir you have to step down because you farted....

1714 days ago
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