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.