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There are 128 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 15, 2010, titled 'Silent Bob' not silent about being ejected from flight for bei.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Kevin Smith complained on his Twitter account about being ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight.

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JRW

Columbus, OH

#25 Feb 15, 2010
Rob wrote:
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maybe they should make seats 4 inches smaller and take off $100. would that make YOU happy??
I would be thrilled but the fat people would riot....for about 35 seconds until they got too tired to stand. Then it would just be a big traffic jam of fat people riding around on grocery store scooters.

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#26 Feb 15, 2010
German Village Lifer wrote:
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Would you pay $50 more for that seat and still be happy?
$50 bucks more would definitely be worth a little more comfort. I am 6 foot and about 215lbs and the comfort level stinks. Story said he bought two seats....Am I to assume he could not fit into two seats? Should have made him buy a third, but maybe the flight was packed as they usually are these days. Maybe he needs to push away from the table a little earlier at dinner time. How embarassing not being able to fit in a seat. That would be a wake up call for me.
ugh

Columbus, OH

#27 Feb 15, 2010
Yes, I think about sex and crack addicts the same way – it all falls under the scope of addiction medicine believe it or not. Food can become an actual addiction, not just an obsession, for some people. This is not just something someone has made up to explain someone else’s lazy inability to control their food intake. It has to do with the chemical make up of the person’s brain and the way the brain reacts to food. The worst part is that unlike a drug addiction people still have to eat something to survive. A lot of these people are severely depressed and it is people like you who contribute to the cause. Someone who already has low self esteem, even if they are working hard to change it and their bodies, are going to be negatively impacted by being called a lard ass or some other ignorant comment. Over 2/3 of the people in our country are either overweight or obese. Wake up people – it’s really not that farfetched to think somewhere down the road you too may be overweight. All I’m saying is that you should really put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you speculate on how easy it would be to change their personal situation. You really have no idea…
Dave

West Portsmouth, OH

#28 Feb 15, 2010
When I fly on SWA which thankfully is down to almost never now I always buy 2 tickets so I have a buffer space. Every time I've done that the FA's try and put a fatso next to me despite the fact that I can easily fit in 1 seat and I paid for the empty. I want the insulation from the fat infestation. They overbook at 118% and train their FA's to fill the plane. I've been called out on the PA as the person who's keeping a "little old grandma" from making her destination even though they are the ones that overbook the plane. Rather than announce that the seat is paid for as an empty they threw me under the plane as the bad guy. An empty seat in their mind is empty of revenue (even when its not) and should be filled even when its paid for. Got that? Even though I applaud SWA on this issue with Smith I hope to never again fly on them again.
JRW

Columbus, OH

#29 Feb 15, 2010
MSGT USMC Retired wrote:
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$50 bucks more would definitely be worth a little more comfort. I am 6 foot and about 215lbs and the comfort level stinks. Story said he bought two seats....Am I to assume he could not fit into two seats? Should have made him buy a third, but maybe the flight was packed as they usually are these days. Maybe he needs to push away from the table a little earlier at dinner time. How embarassing not being able to fit in a seat. That would be a wake up call for me.
He did buy 2 seats but he was flying stand-by on an earlier flight and there was only 1 seat left. So, he knew he was too fat for 1 seat but chose to ignore that fact when it suited him.
YOYOOOOA

United States

#30 Feb 15, 2010
he should have known....this is'nt the first time it has happened to him....it made the news about 2 yrs ago....just now we have twitter...and now u can use a mis hap like this to get back in the news.....he KNOWS IT AND SO DO I....so there..now u guys/girls no it too....this is just for attention!!..btw his jokes are'nt that funny anyway..he makes us stoners "look bad"!!!!!! i vote for chappel!!!!!
Unwarranted

Columbus, OH

#31 Feb 15, 2010
Obviously, Mr. Smith knew of the 'size' requirements of the airline and that he needed 2 seats - since, he'd actually purchased 2 seats. Then he wanted to catch an earlier flight so decided to fly standby. Ok - so he goes to the ticket counter to inform SW of his actions/wants - so, don't you think he needed to advise them he needed 2 seats??? Because, if a SW representative would've 'suggested' or 'recommended' he get/need a second seat...he would've probably filed some type of lawsuit regarding discrimination or defamation. Yes, I think some type of size chart, measurements etc is important and should be made more 'known' to the general public for future fliers who aren't 'in the know' about certain restrictions with airlines. However, this is NOT the case with this man - he knew he needed 2 seats.....So, my question is this - what exactly was SW airlines wrong doings in this issue? I commend SW for doing what they did (voucher, apology, another flight without charging) even though I don't think it was warrented. Mr Smith - don't ever assume people know what you need or want - you must tell them, and shame on you for your unwarrented ramblings about an airline who, in my eyes, didn't do anything wrong!
thin bob

Lancaster, OH

#32 Feb 15, 2010
Sorry, but just because someone can put the armrests down doesn't mean they aren't spilling over into another seat. Been there and it's not pleasant to pay for a sit and only be able to use half of it. He KNEW he had a problem and bought two seats on an earlier flight so he clearly knew the rules.
WTF

Columbus, OH

#33 Feb 15, 2010
Rob wrote:
haha...look, i took up two spaces.:P seriously, whats up with the browser failing, you check to see if your comment posted, it didnt, so you repost, then it shows up a few min later and makes you look like a looser who just wants to make sure people see their comment??
Looser? By looser, did you mean that only a loser would spell it that way?
Dave S

Columbus, OH

#34 Feb 15, 2010
Why does Southwest have rules if they bend them to allow fatso on board.
john

Dublin, OH

#35 Feb 15, 2010
Joe wrote:
Maybe he should go on a diet. That would keep this from happening again. This makes me like Southwest even more.
Thats ok joe, everyone needs someone to hate and look down on. Makes them forget what a loser they are!
rightnwrong

Gowen, MI

#36 Feb 15, 2010
This gave me a laugh. A progressive complaining about being treated like cattle. You made this progressive world and when it bites you in the ass you complain!

Just wait until the progressives have complete totalitarian control of the population. Im guessing there is not going to be room for your fat ass in their progressive utopia either!
Southwest employee

Grove City, OH

#37 Feb 15, 2010
Judging from the comments on this board, no one has enough details on this incident to make an informed opinion. You do not have to be overweight to not fit into Southwest's 17" wide seats. You may be able to fit fine into the seat and use the seat belt, but if your upper body is large enough to be wider than 17", you can also be removed for encroaching into another seat.

Southwest Policy: "Customers who are unable to lower both armrests and/or who compromise any portion of adjacent seating should proactively book the number of seats needed prior to travel. The armrest is considered to be the definitive boundary between seats and measures 17 inches in width."
Bigger by the dozen

Columbus, OH

#38 Feb 15, 2010
Smith admits he is too fat by buying two seats on the original flight. He should have flown first class. Those seats are a lot bigger and can accomodate fatcats like him. So, he is a cheapskate in addition to being fat.

Since: Jun 09

Nashport, OH

#39 Feb 15, 2010
Maybe the First Lady can put the rotund 'Silent Bob' on a diet.

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

Since: Sep 09

Worthington

#41 Feb 15, 2010
ugh wrote:
Yes, I think about sex and crack addicts the same way – it all falls under the scope of addiction medicine believe it or not. Food can become an actual addiction, not just an obsession, for some people. This is not just something someone has made up to explain someone else’s lazy inability to control their food intake. It has to do with the chemical make up of the person’s brain and the way the brain reacts to food. The worst part is that unlike a drug addiction people still have to eat something to survive. A lot of these people are severely depressed and it is people like you who contribute to the cause. Someone who already has low self esteem, even if they are working hard to change it and their bodies, are going to be negatively impacted by being called a lard **** or some other ignorant comment. Over 2/3 of the people in our country are either overweight or obese. Wake up people – it’s really not that farfetched to think somewhere down the road you too may be overweight. All I’m saying is that you should really put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you speculate on how easy it would be to change their personal situation. You really have no idea…
So 2/3 of the country are have a problem like a crack addict? I'm sorry, but you can even be overweight and be able to fit into a seat on SWA. To not fit, you have to be HUGE! The more our society accepts this the more people around the world will laugh at our country for being a bunch of fat azz-es. Being fat is a decision in about 95% of the cases. It is not a disease, it is called being lazy. If the most exercise you do is getting up to go to the fridge, you need to change your lifestyle. I know people that eat ALOT..but they also get up and exercise and are not overweight. I don't see SWA accomodating me, I am 6'4" tall. People choose to be fat, I can't help being tall. So why don't I post on my twitter page that not only are my knees slammed against the back of the seat in front of me, but I also end up with some 5'6" idiot who wants to recline into my lap? Then will SWA reimburse me and make sure there is noone in front of me the next time I fly? Or will they guarantee me an emergency row seat or the front seat? I don't think so, and I can't help being tall. So I have no pity for the obese who have to pay for 2 seats.
Proud Southsider

United States

#42 Feb 15, 2010
FLABUCK wrote:
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So 2/3 of the country are have a problem like a crack addict? I'm sorry, but you can even be overweight and be able to fit into a seat on SWA. To not fit, you have to be HUGE! The more our society accepts this the more people around the world will laugh at our country for being a bunch of fat ****-es. Being fat is a decision in about 95% of the cases. It is not a disease, it is called being lazy. If the most exercise you do is getting up to go to the fridge, you need to change your lifestyle. I know people that eat ALOT..but they also get up and exercise and are not overweight. I don't see SWA accomodating me, I am 6'4" tall. People choose to be fat, I can't help being tall. So why don't I post on my twitter page that not only are my knees slammed against the back of the seat in front of me, but I also end up with some 5'6" idiot who wants to recline into my lap? Then will SWA reimburse me and make sure there is noone in front of me the next time I fly? Or will they guarantee me an emergency row seat or the front seat? I don't think so, and I can't help being tall. So I have no pity for the obese who have to pay for 2 seats.
Actually being "fat" is a disease ididot! And Hello other countries are already laughing at us Americans becuase we are basically China's bitch, the governments slaves, and we have stupid people like you. And I personally hope you get fatter each day :D
JBDW

Frankfort, OH

#43 Feb 15, 2010
With 1 out of 3 of our children considered to be obese, you can bet on more incidents like this in the years to come. Eventually, there will be special accommodations made for 'people of size' by all the airlines and other forms of public transportation.
interested reader

Glenford, OH

#44 Feb 15, 2010
Rob wrote:
would it really kill the airline industry to make the seats say 2 inches wider and give people 2 more inches of leg room?? i'm of common size but it still sucks flying! i dont know how guys who are like 6'3 do it.
Yes it would, they are already struggling with the economy, now you want them to spend more money on new seats, and where do you think that cost will be made up ? We have had enough of double sizing..
Shy Ronnie

Dublin, OH

#45 Feb 15, 2010
I like the rest of you are repulsed by fat people. Although. I wouldn't mind sitting beside Kevin Smith on an airplane. He is a riot.

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