Removing obese filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) from a plane has resulted in a ton of bad publicity for Southwest Airlines.
And that’s not fair to Southwest.
Smith could have reasonably been thrown off the plane in mid-flight simply for directing Jersey Girl in 2004.
But in this case, he was only asked to get off for being too fat to fit in a single seat.
Smith usually buys two adjoining seats when he flies to accommodate his girth. That’s admirable.
Southwest asked him to get off the plane on Saturday because he was flying standby and didn’t get his usual two adjoining seats.
An angry Smith then began tweeting away, complaining about getting 86’d. He said he could squeeze into a single seat and shouldn’t have been evicted.
Many Americans are siding with Smith. Makes sense — America is the fattest nation in the world.
The worst flight of my life occurred about five years ago. I was on my way back from Las Vegas and got stuck in the middle seat between two extremely fat people.
Their sweaty arms and legs and blubbery midsections all spilled over into my space. I was the middle part of a whale sandwich.
For four hours I was stuck in my seat between them (bad weather forced us to sit for two hours at the airport before we finally departed). Not once was I able to use the arm rests.
I actually put on headphones and watched “Herbie Fully Loaded” – twice – rather than listen to the mouth breathing.
I sympathize with obese people. I’m well on my way to becoming one of them.
But it’s not fair for someone to spend hundreds of dollars on an airline ticket and then have to sit next to people who are so large they require all of their seating space and half of yours too.
The Southwest Airlines rule that forces fatties to buy two tickets is a good one. Smith needs to get over it – or lose weight. After all, it isn’t the airline’s fault he’s fat.
This Southwest Airlines blog post gives the company’s version of the incident, including an unnecessary apology to Smith.
It’s probably only coincidence that Smith has a film about to be released, the new Bruce Willis movie Cop Out.
Here is Smith’s account: