Director Kevin Smith is tired of sparring with Southwest Airlines because he was kicked off one of their flights for being ‘too fat’. Smith says Southwest is still “blaming the Fatty” for the incident, but concedes the battle is pretty much “fruitless” at this point.
“Lots of folks still telling me to stop crying and lose weight – as if that’s what this was all about,” Smith wrote on his blog in a post titled ‘Running out of gas on this subject’. “Once again: I know I’m fat. The point of all this? I’m not too fat for Southwest Air, yet someone deemed me so.”
“Easier to tell the lie about the whiney Fatso than the truth that someone at Southwest f***ed up,” Smith said. “‘Sure, someone f****d up, Lardo’ Youâ€™re saying. ‘You and your fat gut! This is YOUR fault because youâ€™re fat!'”
In his blog post, Smith details long conversations with a Southwest Airlines employee trying to get the airline to admit he was not “too fat to fly” and was wrongly booted from the plane. Although Southwest has apologized for the incident, they still have not admitted Smith was not too large to fit in his seat according to the company’s ‘person of size’ policy.
“You guys screwed up, SWA; whyâ€™s it so hard to own up to it? Now Iâ€™m gonna carry this Too Fat To Fly s*** around like herpes for the rest of my life, and it was never even true,” Smith wrote.
Even though Smith still insists Southwest was wrong and wants them to admit it, the Hollywood director is obviously tired of his personal war with the airline. “Letâ€™s Tweet about other stuff, shall we?” Smith said in closing. “This is starting to taste mediciney and fruitless.”
Southwest Airlines has issued an apology for kicking director Kevin Smith off a flightÂ over theÂ weekend because he was ‘too fat’ to fly. After being booted from the flight, Kevin Smith lashed out at the airline via his Twitter feed.
Director Kevin Smith was asked to exit a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, CA because he was too large to fit in one seat according to the company’s “customer of size policy”. On his Twitter feed, Smith said he “passed the stinkin’ arm-rest-test… I fit in that seat… I’m way fat, but I’m not there just yet.”
In a statement titled ‘Not So Silent Bob’, Southwest Airlines apologized for Smith’s experience on the flight, but stood by their ‘too fat to fly’ policy.
“First and foremost, to Mr. Smith; we would like to echo our Tweets and again offer our heartfelt apologies to you.Â Â We are sincerely sorry for your travel experience on Southwest Airlines… 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.”
Smith responded by insisting he was able to lower both arm-rests and fit just fine in his seat. He challenged the airline to bring a row of seats to him for a public fit test.
“If I don’t fit, I’ll donate $10k (Â£6,380) to charity of your choice,” Smith said. “But when I do (& buckle the belt as well) 1) You admit you lied. 2) Change your policy, or at least re-train your staff to be a lot more human & a lot less corporate.”