Hefty Kevin Smith tweets foul af­ter air­line ejects him for be­ing fat

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — 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.

Smith raised a stink about the in­ci­dent on his Twit­ter page Sun­day, say­ing “I’m way fat, but I’m not there just yet,” and “If you look like me, you may be ejected from South­west Air.”

He posted a pic­ture of him­self sit­ting on the plane with his cheeks puffed out.

South­west says its “Cus­tomer of Size” pol­icy re­quires that trav­ellers must be able to fit safely and com­fort­ably in one seat or make other ar­range­ments.

Af­ter a storm of an­gry on­line com­ments from Smith and his fans, the air­line is­sued an apol­ogy first from its own Twit­ter ac­count and later in a state­ment on its web­site ti­tled “Not So Si­lent Bob,” a jovial jab at the Si­lent Bob char­ac­ter Smith plays in many of his films.

“ We would like to echo our tweets and again of­fer our heart­felt apolo­gies to you,” the state­ment said.

The air­line said it also ac­com­mo­dated Smith on a later flight, gave him a $100 voucher and apol­o­gized by phone.

Both Smith and the air­line ac­knowl­edged that he had bought two seats for his orig­i­nal flight from Oak­land, where he had spo­ken at the Mac­world Expo con­fer­ence.

But he was fly­ing standby in or­der to catch an ear­lier flight, and only one was avail­able.

Smith in­sisted that he was still able to put both arm­rests down and buckle his seat­belt, which is South­west’s stan­dard.

Smith is the di­rec­tor of the new Bruce Willis movie Cop Out.

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