Comedian Kevin Smith too fat to fly?

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

(WFLX) - He's the creator of popular movies, like "Clerks" and "Dogma", and now the Hollywood director is in a battle with a major airline.

Kevin Smith was kicked off a flight because the airline said he didn't fit in the seat properly, but, he says, that's just not true.

Smith may be best known for playing the character 'Silent Bob', but Southwest is quickly finding 'Silent Bob' isn't so silent.

Smith was thrown off a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank Monday night and started the Twitter war.

Here are some of his Tweets:

  • "I know I'm fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flighty for which I was already seated?"
  • "I broke no regulation, offered no safety risk."
  • "What was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?

Southwest responded to Smith's Tweets, and posted this on their Web site:

"If a Customer cannot comfortably lower the armrest and infringes on a portion of another seat, a customer seated adjacent would be very uncomfortable, and a timely exit from the aircraft in the event of an emergency might be compromised if we allow a cramped, restricted seating arrangement."

Southwest has apologized to Smith for the experience. They have also offered him a $100 voucher. Even with this olive branch; however, the Twitter war is still not over.