Director Kevin Smith Kicked Off a Flight for Being Fat

Dear Southwest Airlines, if you’re going to kick a fat guy off an airplane, best make sure it isn’t someone with a well-armed soapbox like director Kevin Smith.

The “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” director was ordered off a flight from Oakland to Burbank Saturday. The pilot reportedly said Smith was a “safety risk” because he was unable to put down the armrest.

Smith, 39, responded with a barrage of profanity-laced Twitter posts, saying he was treated worse than a terrorist.

“I know I’m fat, but was (the pilot) really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?” he tweeted. “I broke no regulation, offered no ‘safety risk’ (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?). I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn’t about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I’m being profiled. But he & I made eye contact, & he was like ‘Please don’t tell…'”

Smith called the incident embarrassing and vowed to continue tweeting about the airline for telling him he’s “too wide for the sky.”

Southwest kinda-sorta apologizes to Kevin Smith: “[W]e would like to echo our Tweets and again offer our heartfelt apologies to you.”  But it’s probably too little too late.  Seriously, just go read his stream of epithet-laced diatribes, it’ll make your afternoon.  The above photo was taken by Smith upon his next flight.

Related: SWA kicks off an overweight gentleman on his way to his Uncle’s funeral.  Not surprisingly, he missed it.  Way to be Southwest.

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