Director kicked off flight for 'fatness'

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Director Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank for being overweight, and is spurning the airline's apology, as an association of overweight travelers called for a boycott of the airline. Full Story
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Visiting Cowboy

United States

#1 Feb 15, 2010
The most miserable flight I ever took was being stuck between two really overweight guys.

Fat people, regardless of their jobs, should rent enough seat real estate to to match their girth.

Two or three seats if necessary, and they should pay 2 or 3 times the price of the ticket.

Or maybe FedEx can make them a deal
Piffle

Inglewood, CA

#2 Feb 15, 2010
Is this guy an immature donkey or what?
billy

Irvine, CA

#3 Feb 15, 2010
I agree with the pilot. Both fatties should have been thrown off or charge them double (for two seats).

I'm sick and tired of these dinosaur behemoths saying they cannot help being fat. Yes they can. You take in fewer calories and exercise more. Physics principles.

Three cheers for the pilot!
No apologies

Newport Beach, CA

#4 Feb 15, 2010
Ever sat next to a fat slob on a plane and got claustrophobia? Make this rich fat @ss director pay for two seats.
good for the pilot

Colorado Springs, CO

#5 Feb 15, 2010
This director needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror and then either opt for bypass surgery or cut down on the food intake, which is probably considerable.
Letting People Know

San Pedro, CA

#6 Feb 15, 2010
Nice how the tubby people here pas judgement on others. Good for the pilot, maybe you should put down the ding dong, slice of pizza, and bucket of jelly beans and get the surgery for yourself. I am not the most trim individual, but have met Kevin Smith on a few occasions. He is not that large, and if you read full reports, he was seated in ONE seat with both arm rests down and the seatbelt buckled without using an extender. This is the criteria Southworst uses to determine if a person is too large. Well screw Southworst, their crappy service, and cattle call airlines- those planes are garbage anyway and I fell like I am flying Greyhound.
SBA

Walnut, CA

#7 Feb 15, 2010
People who cannot not fit into the seat of an airplane should buy 2 tickets. PERIOD! I'm sure other high profile overweight people would have made a bigger scene. At least he was "more cool" about it.
Danny1173

Anaheim, CA

#8 Feb 15, 2010
We need to address this issue sooner than later. The airlines or the government MUST issue a rule or regulation regarding sizes or people in an airplane. It is not fair for anyone to sit next to anyone who occupy more than their allowed room on the plane. If a person will not fit the plane, they will be required to pay for another seat and be given a seat at the expense of the person next to them. Have a "plane seat" on the ground and let people check themselves if they fit. Have someone manage or guide the people who needs help, and advise them of what is needed before boarding the plane.
Frequent Flyer

Manhattan Beach, CA

#9 Feb 15, 2010
I pay for my seat and half the arm rest area. If you "spill over" into my seat then you need to pay for two seats to provide room for your girth. It is extremely uncomfortable to sit next to someone whose body fat spreads across the arm rest and touchs me. I can't even put my arms at my sides in order to sleep or hold a magazine or newspaper. I'm not calling anyone names- just stating the facts. You are putting yourself on a public conveyance- you need to be considerate of others and follow the rules for safety.
pv rich kid

Torrance, CA

#10 Feb 15, 2010
fat people are gross
D Yang

Dearborn, MI

#11 Feb 15, 2010
His bags may fly free on Southwest, but, he can't FLY at all...
bjv

AOL

#12 Feb 15, 2010
Southwest does NOT owe him any apology, and I am sorry they offered it to that rude obnoxious man. I sat next to a grossly overweight person. Part of her body was on me the entire flight. I agree with everyone else here that if you take up two seats, then PAY for two seats. I believe most of us are sick and tired of this P.C. nonsense that we must never hurt anyone's feelings, no matter what they do to us. Stay tough, Southwest!
Steve in Torrance

La Mirada, CA

#13 Feb 15, 2010
He's guilty by his own admission that he normally buys two seats. Therefore Southwest acted appropriately removing the individual from the plane. PERIOD
The Grunter

Torrance, CA

#14 Feb 15, 2010
Kevin Smith is Wrong. He admits he normally buys two seats and did for this trip. That's good. The problem occurred when he tried to get on an earlier flight (standby) and he should have made sure it was two seats, not one. The desk attendant can't read his mind that he purchased two seats. They just assume it's one without really looking at the person's girth. He's standing in front of a counter. All the attendant really sees is a face and shoulders. No view of the waist from that vantage point. Kevin Smith picked the wrong time to be Silent Bob.
Clear Thinker

Norwalk, CT

#15 Feb 15, 2010
Well, airline seats aren't exactly "generous", especially in coach. Its hard enough to be comfortable if your neighbor is normal size. If you're in a 3 or 4 seat cluster, all it takes one "oversize load" to make sure the ride is unbearable for the others.

I have also noticed that flight attendants will purposely choose a child or thin women to put next to the "big person". I'm thankful for that, but it must be tough on the kid or woman to be the "load balancer".

Maybe at the gate they could have a measuring device that beeps or lights up if someone is too wide to fit in the seat. They could then be politely told to buy another seat.
Oh Please

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Feb 15, 2010
I see, because he is a "director", then he should be treated differently. This is just a case of someone who has a high profile job, is self important, and who has easy access to whine and complain to the media. We need some reasonableness in our society. If you want to be fat, no problem. But don't expect the world to change completely just to make you happy or to make you feel that you "fit."
ok then

Glendale, CA

#17 Feb 15, 2010
Missing from the story is, just how fat is this guy? I'm thinking a standard should be established for airline passenger girth. Maybe he's to fat, maybe not. I'd hate to be the airline employee having to make the call without some guidlines from the airline.
Nathan

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#19 Feb 15, 2010
Maybe he can work with Michael Moore both are fat POS.
WestSideJessie

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Feb 15, 2010
Jones C wrote:
Fake "I'm too Fat to Fly" story designed to promote Smith's film "Cop-Out"... in theaters Feb 26.
Oh good, the angry black man found a way to incorporate his "I hate all cops" attitude into this story as well. Bravo!
D Yang

Dearborn, MI

#22 Feb 16, 2010
I flew Southwest this morning to Oakland and am a frequent flyer...love the airline...

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