Film director, Kevin Smith is ranting on Twitter after allegedly being removed from an airplane flight because he was "too fat."
Smith, the director of the upcoming Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan flick "Cop Out," posted a picture of himself on Twitter to vent his frustrations Saturday after allegedly getting tossed off a Southwest Airlines flight.
"I know I'm fat," the 39-year-old wrote via Twitter, "but [were they] really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"
The writer and director of "Clerks" and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" says he was told he was a "safety risk" and was ordered to evacuate the aircraft, just before he was scheduled to fly from Oakland to Burbank.
"I'm way fat," Smith tweeted, "But I'm not THERE just yet. But if I am, why wait til my bag is up, and I'm seated WITH ARM RESTS DOWN. In front of a packed plane with a bunch of folks who'd already I.d.ed me as 'Silent Bob'."
In a statement on their website, Southwest Airlines says arm rests serve "as the boundary between seats and measures 17 inches in width." Smith maintains that he was still within those boundaries, and should not have been required to purchase an extra seat.
"I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)" he tweeted. "I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn't about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I'm being profiled. But he & I made eye contact, & he was like 'Please don't tell...'"
Southwest Airlines said Smith had originally purchased two tickets, "as he's been known to do when traveling Southwest," the airline said, but when he decided to fly standby and only one seat remained unoccupied, he was asked to leave.
"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 said.
Smith, who was offered a $100 voucher by the airline, admitted that he eventually flew Southwest despite the incident.
After landing in Burbank, Smith wrote, "Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times