Southwest Airlines apologizes after director Kevin Smith ejecte...

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Kevin Smith says he's "way fat," but that shouldn't stop him from flying. The director and actor says a pilot ejected him from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif., saying he didn't fit properly in a single seat.
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Bill K wrote:
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Lighten up there, Gomez. If 5'8" , 185 makes me a "porker" so be it. All I know is, my shoulders are going to "spill over" to the person next to me 10 out of 10 times. I don't know what a 6 ft, 225 pound person is supposed to do? I've never had anyone complain (at least to my face), but I am conscious of it. Normally, that person is my wife, but not everyone flies next to someone they know.
The real problem is we're still flying in 25-30 year-old aircraft. The newer planes are definitely more body-friendly.
I don't think the 'spill over' factor is about shoulders. When the airline makes someone buy an extra seat, it's about not being able to put down the armrest between the seats. If somebody's rearend is too big for the armrest to go down, they have to buy another seat. I don't have that problem. I do however have the shoulder problem, so I get an aisle seat and lean out that way.(I'm 6'3" and about 240 lbs. I'm overweight, yes, but I'm just generally a big guy. I'm sure people groan inside when they realize their seat is next to mine. I've even had to sit next to guys my size. We just deal with it. By the way, my shoulders do not actually cross the armrest area, so I'm not infringing on my fellow passengers.
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Airlines have had policies for "people of size" (POS -- I'm sure you can think of something ruder) for years, but are only now enforcing it for additional revenue... and in response to complaints from other passengers.

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He got kicked off because he was being an a**hole not because he wouldn't put the armrest down- because he is a larger man and it was more comfortable for him.
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Feb 18, 2010
 
"Don't you know who I am??!!"
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Feb 18, 2010
 
How much does Kevin Smith weigh and what are his measurements?
On the next Dr. Oz! If Carnie Wilson came in as morbidly obese at 219
with a 41 inch waist, how would Kevin Smith rate? How big are the seats in first class? Oops. Southwest doesn't have a first class, do they?
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Feb 18, 2010
 
Trolly Dolly wrote:
Airlines have had policies for "people of size" (POS -- I'm sure you can think of something ruder) for years, but are only now enforcing it for additional revenue... and in response to complaints from other passengers.
If he is really between 340 and 400 lbs and 5' 9"
Well, you do the math.
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Feb 18, 2010
 
ha ha ha chubby
but regardless southwest was the only airline not ot layoff or go through bankruptcy after 9/11
now their on top of all the airline charts
why could northwest do that?
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ha ha ha chubby
but regardless southwest was the only airline not ot layoff or go through bankruptcy after 9/11
now their on top of all the airline charts
why could northwest do that?
That's better than ejecting him after the flight takes off. Sorry, buddy...you are weighing us down.
Parachute...check. Book him on Dr. Oz. He needs a serious wake-up call.
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That's better than ejecting him after the flight takes off. Sorry, buddy...you are weighing us down.
Parachute...check. Book him on Dr. Oz. He needs a serious wake-up call.
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They fed this lard's measurements into a computer and it came out "Brazil!"
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<quoted text>My husband is pretty hot but he doens't fit the mold of "super model". His as's fits very nicely in a regular airline seat because he is not OBESE and neither am I. I do agree that seats are far too close together and passenger comfort is not a concern of airlines but Americans are increasing in their obesity. I shouldn't have to suffer because Mr. or Mrs. 300 lb. doesn't understand self control.
I agree... her husband is hot and we're lovers. Now that we're out in the open I fel so much better.
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They fed this lard's measurements into a computer and it came out "Brazil!"
His BMI is over 50. If Carnie Wilson is Morbidly Obese at her weight, what would he be at
over 100 lbs. more than her? Maybe airplanes need to be like restaurants where they can configure their seats into either booths or tables (just kidding) to accommodate the growing amount of
fatty boom ba latties that need to fly just like everyone else. Isn't there a better way besides having to buy two seats? Wasn't there a woman told to deplane one time because of fear the plane couldn't take off with her on it? The weight is a safety issue as well as an issue of comfort for other passengers. It must be awful for people like Kevin.
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They fed this lard's measurements into a computer and it came out "Brazil!"
Reminds me of that song about a double XL person.

Don't call him on the phone
Just ring his dinner bell...

does he have that metabolic syndrome x?
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Feb 19, 2010
 
Titus wrote:
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They fed this lard's measurements into a computer and it came out "Brazil!"
Is it possible that KS is angling for a reality tv show like Carnie's "Unstapled"? Supposedly,
he has the money to fly an airline where he could get first class accommodations or buy a row of seats if need be for his comfort, but he chose SW. Why? Was he flying standby? If you are flying standby,
don't they have the right to put you on another flight? Had anyone on here heard of him or knew what size he was before the incident?
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He purchased TWO seats on another flight, but was trying to get on an earlier one, which is "stand by". Southwest screwed up by not finding two seats on the flight he wanted. Shoulda never been allowed to board to begin with.

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Trolly Dolly wrote:
Airlines have had policies for "people of size" (POS -- I'm sure you can think of something ruder) for years, but are only now enforcing it for additional revenue... and in response to complaints from other passengers.
not true-- I have had to enforce that rule several times and this was over 10 yrs ago(at Southwest) I have also had not allow a person to fly bc of their B O --it just comes up more when it is a full fligt.. If the pilot had to come out to speak with him then the issue began with his weight but ended with his outburst. it is easier to avoid on a SWA flt esp when it is not full bc you pick your seat and others pick their seats and will give a larger person their "space" but when you have a full flt it seems even a bigger deal

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Feb 20, 2010
 
subject matters like these are addressed all the time and there is a proccedure for EVERYTHING.... and polocies are updated frequently.. if a there is a person that is questionable in size (meaning they may need a seat belt extender) it is commonly addressed BEFORE they board (it is in the training to be addressed before) and it is also stated
"you must be able to sit in a single seat WITH the armrests DOWN" and most agents/ flt attendants work withe the pax the best they can. It is not something new or something due to additional rev. it quite franky is something most people involved try to avoid-- however when you are on an aircraft f-ing and blinding and drwaing attention to the matter it is something that is delt with swiiftly. most planes are on a 20 min turn and can't afford the delay as most conx are very tight

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He purchased TWO seats on another flight, but was trying to get on an earlier one, which is "stand by". Southwest screwed up by not finding two seats on the flight he wanted. Shoulda never been allowed to board to begin with.
no they didn't -- he did he chose to give up his two seats on his scheduled flt for standing by on an earlier flt. southwest does not assign seats and had no obligation to do disrupt pax on thier ORIGINAL flt to accomadate him. he got kicked off bc he was being obnoxious and bc he would not put the armrest down--which during take off and landing is a federal law.

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