Director Kevin Smith kicked off Southwest flight for being too fat....

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    Feb 14, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    http://www.usmagazine.com/healthylifestyle/news/director-kevin-smith-kicked-off-plane-for-being-too-fat-2010142

    HA!
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    Feb 15, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    How come didn't he pay for 2 seat? He should drive a car or take a damn train. He should sue the airline
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    Feb 15, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    Good for Southwest Airlines! They shouldn't appologize.

    As a person who has sat on a plane next to a huge, fat person, in the middle seat, I can tell you they take about 1/3 of YOUR seat also. And the flight becomes quite uncomfortable.

    Southwest has informed passengers that huge people should purchase TWO seats. When people do this, they can travel without infringing on your seat space. And everyone is happy.

    Kudos to Southwest Airlines!

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    Feb 15, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    Rodmramer saidHow come didn't he pay for 2 seat? He should drive a car or take a damn train. He should sue the airline


    He didn't even have to pay for 2 seats. He was somehow considered a danger to the airlines for being overweight.
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    Feb 15, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    Sounds like it wasn't his girth, but his weight.
    They have to distribute weight carefully on the smaller planes.
    This was probably a puddle jumper.
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    Feb 15, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    Muscmasmat saidGood for Southwest Airlines! They shouldn't appologize.

    As a person who has sat on a plane next to a huge, fat person, in the middle seat, I can tell you they take about 1/3 of YOUR seat also. And the flight becomes quite uncomfortable.

    Southwest has informed passengers that huge people should purchase TWO seats. When people do this, they can travel without infringing on your seat space. And everyone is happy.

    Kudos to Southwest Airlines!



    He was quoted as saying "His arm rests were down." Considering someone "a danger" to the "safety" of the airline is a little ridiculous.
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    Feb 15, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    Well, like the article mentioned, why didn't they notice he was overweight BEFORE he got on the plane and was seated?
    Why DIDN'T they charge him for two seats?
    Why did they give him a $100 coupon and then offer him another flight? Was he suddenly going to weigh less on another Southwest plane?

    There are some very good reasons for him to loose weight and he knows it - we've been googling articles. Public humiliation is a stupid method of achieving this.









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    Feb 15, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    I love Southwest. They have the cheapest flights, and I'm eight for eight for free drinks on the plane.

    But this is ridiculous. Fat people don't deserve this. Imagine if they were treating disabled passengers this way.

    And to a celebrity? Bad move on Southwest's part.
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    Feb 15, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    If fat people are "disabled," it's a disability that they caused and that they can cure.
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    Feb 15, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    meninlove saidThere are some very good reasons for him to loose weight and he knows it - we've been googling articles. Public humiliation is a stupid method of achieving this.

    Taking a harsher view, perhaps public humiliation is the BEST method for achieving this. Maybe now he will realize what damage he is doing to himself, besides inconveniencing other people, how way out of the healthy norm he's taken himself, and he'll seek some corrective action and save his own life.

    Though prolly not, but if this doesn't do it, then he dies relatively young of a "self-inflicted wound" as we'd call it in the US Army. People are always free to make choices for themselves, but don't expect a lot of sympathy when you choose poorly despite alternate advice, and when your choice inconveniences me or costs me in terms of health expenses for myself.

    Keep to yourself and I could care less if you grow to 3000 pounds. Cause problems or added expenses for me with your behavior and we'll need to talk.
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    Feb 15, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    Something about this policy doesn't sit well with me. I understand the problem that some excessively overweight people can pose to the comfort of those seated around them, but something about removing them from the plane because of their weight, and thereby publicly humiliating them, seems cruel and probably opens the airline up to some sort of lawsuit. Surely there is a way to do this BEFORE they board the plane, and in a discreet manner, so as to not humiliate the overweight passenger.
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    Feb 15, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    He paid for 2 seats to travel another city not out of the state. He should have take a walk, train or drive a car
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    Feb 15, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    Cue Chucky's fatass rant in 3...2...1...icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 15, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    jlly_rnchr said But this is ridiculous. Fat people don't deserve this. Imagine if they were treating disabled passengers this way.

    After a 3-hour flight with some porker spilling over into half of your seat space I bet you'd rethink this.
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    Feb 15, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    We have no issue with being turned down from a flight if you're deemed overweight or a safety hazard, but as we said earlier, the way the airline went about this is crap, and more than a little suspect.




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    Feb 15, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    Beaux saidSounds like it wasn't his girth, but his weight.
    They have to distribute weight carefully on the smaller planes.
    This was probably a puddle jumper.


    Southwest only flies Boeing 737s - the don't have any puddle jumpers.

    I am a flight attendant for a major US airline, and the main issue here isn't necessarily the comfort of the other passenger in the seat next to the big guy...it's a safety issue. Having the equivalent of 4 people in a row designed for 3 impairs the ability of the other 2 people in getting out in case of an emergency - having that extra room can save a life.

    It's always a hard thing to deal with - more often than not, it's handled on the ground by someone trained to approach these passengers appropriately. 9 times out of 10, though, the passenger will purchase the extra seat on their own...it's cases like these that make the news though...

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    Feb 15, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    jlly_rnchr said But this is ridiculous. Fat people don't deserve this. Imagine if they were treating disabled passengers this way.

    After a 3-hour flight with some porker spilling over into half of your seat space I bet you'd rethink this.

    Should fatties be banned from trains and buses too? I took Metro buses near DC and would regularly have obese people's stomachs spill over on me. But I never expected them to be removed from the bus.
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    Feb 15, 2010 6:41 AM GMT
    Too funny. It's great that Southwest stood up for regular people, and said, you're not going without paying for the space you're occupying.

    Don't forget, the number one killer, by far, and by any measure, of folks in this country is obesity, and the obesity related diseases.

    If the seat was next to an exit, or in some other way had an inherent responsibility to the safety of the aircraft, Southwest was especially right to get the person off the plane as they would be unable to assist in the evacuation of the aircraft due to their impaired state.

    If the load could not be distributed properly because of excess size, then, Southwest was again acting on behalf of aircraft safety and passenger comfort.
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    Feb 15, 2010 6:43 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidCue Chucky's fatass rant in 3...2...1...icon_lol.gif


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    Feb 15, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidI love Southwest. They have the cheapest flights, and I'm eight for eight for free drinks on the plane.

    But this is ridiculous. Fat people don't deserve this. Imagine if they were treating disabled passengers this way.

    And to a celebrity? Bad move on Southwest's part.


    Disabled passengers almost always did not have a choice in their plight, and aren't sitting next to an exit, and so on.

    It's awesome that Southwest was UNIFORM in its enforcement of its rules, even though the celebrity wanted privilege. Folks that are famous are NOT better than lay folks. Southwest leads by example and is to be commended.

    Someone too fat affects the comfort, and safety, of those aboard, and, deserves, very much to be treated accordingly.

    Obesity is disease of bad behavior. It is not a disease from chemicals, nor like a cold, or a failed immune response. It's willful self destruction very much like alcoholism or smoking. To think otherwise is silliness.

    P.S. I'm not sure all this wasn't just a hoax...
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    Feb 15, 2010 6:57 AM GMT
    This gives his friends and family a little ammunition for their intervention.

    Sneaking food at midnight: check.
    New fall wardrobe (mumu): check.
    Sweating while brushing teeth: check.
    Watchband upgraded to "stretchy": check.
    Air marshal pinching you with calipers: check.
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    Feb 15, 2010 7:40 AM GMT
    Beaux saidSounds like it wasn't his girth, but his weight.
    They have to distribute weight carefully on the smaller planes.
    This was probably a puddle jumper.


    That's what I thought. It's unfortunate, but I think he's overreacting. (I'm not fat at all, and I've been moved around on tiny planes.)
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    Feb 15, 2010 8:22 AM GMT
    i'm a kevin smith fan but facts are facts, the guy is fat.

    look at him during MALLRATS [the bonus features] and now and he has gotten REALLY fat.

    even his EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH. the first 1, he is thin and sweats a little. EVENING 2 and 3 the guy has a towel and a water bottle and is raining sweat.

    he need to loose some weight.

    also, he said that he could lower both arm rest. the airline says he didn't.

    think about it like this. an airline looses money for time wasted and delayed and doing something like this will get negative press.

    because he is too fat, it is a safety concern and the pilot made a call.

    the airline does not want to embarrass anyone.

    it sucks for Kevin but i really hope this makes him loose SOME weight
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Feb 15, 2010 8:40 AM GMT
    With his money he can afford to get a good fitness program guess he is another Fat lazy Git!