Filmmaker Kevin Smith was thrown off a Southwest flight for taking up too much space, according to the airline, which has admitted communication errors led to the incident. Smith says he fit in his seat easily and was unfairly singled out. After telling his side of the story via Twitter in piecemeal fashion over the past couple days, Smith finally channeled his story into a cohesive blog post.
The gist: Smith feels he was chucked without cause, even though nobody complained he was taking up too much space. He never got a straight answer as to who called for his ejection. He writes:
You guys screwed up, SWA; why’s it so hard to own up to it? Now I’m gonna carry this Too Fat To Fly sh*t around like herpes for the rest of my life, and it was never even true.
So, (Southwest rep) Linda: I appreciate the effort you made, the time you spent with me on the phone, and the work you put into this. You, too, were a reasonable cat during our conversation.
But wrapping up with a repeating of that 2 seat policy (the one THAT HAS NO BEARING ON MY CASE) is a reminder that you guys haven’t learned anything: you’re still blaming it on the Fatty. Still, you tried. Thank you for that, Linda — and for being human.
Southwest, I appreciate you refunding my airfare. But if you’re not gonna admit I wasn’t Too Fat To Fly, then I’ll cover it.
Smith closes by asking people to change the subject — a request that has no chance of being honored, especially after the filmmaker let loose such a stinging retort. But the publicity he’s receiving certainly won’t hurt his next film, postered above, which is due in theaters next week.
Running out of gas on this subject [Silent Bob Speaks]