Filmmaker Kevin Smith Kicked Off Southwest Flight For Being Too Fat

Every so often Southwest Airlines arbitrarily and incorrectly decides that someone is too fat to fly in a single seat. These are people who have regularly flown Southwest in the past and can fit themselves in one seat without a problem. Prior to now, none were cult celebrities with more than a million and a half Twitter followers and a smartphone. Then an air captain declared filmmaker Kevin Smith a “safety risk,” and all hell broke loose. Update: Southwest has responded.

Yes, Kevin Smith tweeted that Southwest Airlines kicked him off a flight. Yes, it was purportedly because of his weight. Southwest’s Twitter rep apologized (as did the VP of Customer Relations) once the incident took Twitter by storm. Smith took the opportunity to point out that the prompt apology was only because of his fame, and the same exact thing happens arbitrarily to other passengers who also shop in the plus-size section.

Fuck making it right for me just ’cause I have a platform. I sat next to a big girl who was chastised for not buying an extra ticket because “all passengers deserve their space.” Fucking flight wasn’t even full! Fuck your size-ist policy. Rude…

We’ve written about similar incidents here at Consumerist before, and are glad Smith is bringing more attention to the issue.

Update: Southwest has posted their response to Smith’s tweets. Their explanation: He had booked two seats for himself, but chose to take an earlier flight standby when there was only one seat available.

The airline explains:

Mr. Smith originally purchased two Southwest seats on a flight from Oakland to Burbank – as he’s been known to do when traveling on Southwest. He decided to change his plans and board an earlier flight to Burbank, which technically means flying standby. As you may know, airlines are not able to clear standby passengers until all Customers are boarded. When the time came to board Mr. Smith, we had only a single seat available for him to occupy. Our pilots are responsible for the Safety and comfort of all Customers on the aircraft and therefore, made the determination that Mr. Smith needed more than one seat to complete his flight. Our Employees explained why the decision was made, accommodated Mr. Smith on a later flight, and issued him a $100 Southwest travel voucher for his inconvenience.

Kevin Smith [Twitter]
Customer of Size Q&A [Southwest Airlines]
Not So Silent Bob [Southwest Airlines Blog]

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Southwest Apologizes To The Frequent Flyer Who Was Suddenly Too Big To Fly
Southwest Suddenly Decides Man Is Too Fat To Fly — Again


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  1. TechnoDestructo says:

    Jeez, it’s not like he’s Michael Moore fat.

    • supergaijin says:

      He’s pretty darned fat. Last time on the tonight show he told the story of how he BROKE A PORCELAIN TOILET because he was so fat. That’s FAT. Supposedly he was going to fat camp to get a handle on his issue, but apparently that hasn’t happened.

    • Bohemian says:

      That doesn’t even matter. Nobody no matter their size should be tossed off of a flight that is not full and harassed by an airline. I hope KS makes Southwest regret this. He’s right that the only reason he was apologized to was because of his celebrity status. People who are not well known get the same abusive treatment.

      • yesteraeon says:

        Well the real issue isn’t that he’s a celeb per se, but that many other people (i.e. potential customuers) are aware of the situation and watching what SW does in response. In this case it’s because he’s Kevin Smith and has a million plus twitter followers. Ordinary people can get that kind of recognition of their situations too, for example, thanks to Consumerist.

      • Griking says:

        So rather than individuals taking responsibility for themselves its up to the airlines to design larger seats to fit larger asses? I’m sorry but if you get kicked off a plane because you’re too large then that should be a sign and a kick in the pants for people to take some corrective action.

        • kujospam says:

          Or maybe it is south’s fault, after all, if Cedar point can afford to put chairs of their roller coasters outside each entrance, surely an airport can do the same? Besides if we all agree that we should follow a few people in what is acceptable and what is not. We might as well have socialism everywhere because that’s the way you want it. I mean, if you want people to fit your expectations and do what you want them to that is what you are saying after all, right?

        • thisistobehelpful says:

          No, it’s the part where the flight wasn’t full that’s the problem. If the flight’s not full, there are at least two seats to accomodate Kevin Smith’s ass. Of course people should take responsibility, but maybe the stupid flight attendants and captain should’ve exercised some common sense.

        • dvddesign says:

          I would totally agree, but Southwest makes the statement pretty clear upon check in that they reserve the right to charge you for an extra seat, not label you a “safety risk” and eject you from the plane. Especially when you’ve been booked on the flight already. “Safety risk” would indicate that he’s done something wrong and he clearly didn’t from what’s being stated here. The airline’s even apologized for their actions. Clearly, despite his choice to be overweight, the airline was in the wrong.

        • Inglix_the_Mad says:

          My dad is not even remotely fat, and he can barely squeeze into a ridiculous full-size (not even going to go into the joke that is commuter) plane seat. He is, however, tall. As a matter of fact he is well over 6′ tall and has to be careful standing in a plane, in the center aisle. FYI, plane seats have gotten considerably “smaller” over the years. I remember when it was only a slight inconvenience for my dad to fly coach and not get an exit row… Nowadays, it’s a safety hazard and he is near his ideal weight.

          I can GUARANTEE that anyone sitting next to him on a flight will have trouble if he’s in coach, not because he’s “fat” but because he’s too tall and the seats aren’t designed to fit a healthy person. One leg will practically be stuck in the aisle, the other will be wedged behind the seat, heaven forbid if the person in front of him wants to recline the seat or you want to use an armrest or need him to stand quckly. He is a safety risk, but not because he’s overweight. He’s a risk because of years of SHRINKING seats and row sizes, not because he weighs ~240lbs-250lbs.

          Think before you post epic fail.

    • varro says:

      Actually, Michael Moore lost quite a bit of weight – I saw him doing the talk show circuit after he made Sicko, and it looks like he lost about 50 pounds – he’s still big, but not as big as before.

    • Charmander says:

      No, he’s actually fatter than Michael Moore.

  2. Morte42 says:

    Probably the wrong fatty to kick off that plane.

  3. nerdtalker says:

    However, his F-bomb dropping tweets on twitter that don’t stop even after the rep has apologized kind of… sway my sympathy for the guy.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      In his defense, (1) Kevin Smith can’t communicate without F-bombs, and more importantly (2) He knows that he got a prompt apology only because of who he is and the platform he has. He’s standing up for other, non-famous fatties.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        yep, apparently including the woman he was sitting near on the flight they DID let him on later who was spoken to about not buying a second seat [according to his tweets]

    • Morte42 says:

      A comedy writer/director who spends an hour every week ranting and raving on a very popular podcast rants and raves for ~20 tweets about something that bugs him, without changing his speaking style at all? Probably making more out of this than there is. I’d probably react the same way.

    • DH405 says:

      Profanity?! On the Internets?! You don’t say!

      Get over yourself. It’s a configuration of letters. If you have an issue with it, then it is YOUR issue to deal with.

    • dantsea says:

      I’ll fetch you a fainting couch.

    • CreekDog says:

      Knowing Southwest, they probably had a contest on the plane for the passenger that could sing the best cut down of passengers they don’t like.

      I like employee empowerment but sometimes it turns into an employee not being able to look at their own decisions objectively.

    • chiieddy says:

      Someone’s never been to fucking New Jersey.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Frakking-A man,

      • drjayphd says:

        Even then, I suppose he should be commended for making it through an entire 90-minute SModcast, devoted solely to this incident, without somehow involving his comically small dick. See, he IS showing restraint!

    • Dunkelzahn says:

      He is totally just being himself. He has said he doesn’t want anything from them. He’s just calling them out. If he wanted something from them, then maybe it would matter that he is dropping f-bombs like the world depended on it. This is public shaming. Language doesn’t count.

      • David in Brasil says:

        Oh yes it does. Language counts. He loses all credibility with me because he can’t control his mouth. If he thinks that F-bombs make him sound angrier or smarter or more deserving of an audience, he’s wrong on all counts.

        • chargernj says:

          he’s not really talking to you. His audience likes the way he talks.

          • xjeyne says:

            Yep. We do. Also, the issue is Southwest’s inability to provide good customer service unless they’re being called out by a celebrity, NOT Kevin Smith’s vocabulary. Get off the soapbox.

        • NatalieErin says:

          Swearing doesn’t mean he can’t control his language – perhaps he’s in total control, and has decided to use “fuck” because he thinks it’s the most appropriate word to describe what he’s describing.

        • mythago says:

          I’m sure he had tons of credibility with you in the first place, right? He’s not swearing AT their CSRs, which would be completely out of line; he’s swearing in his Tweets to people who voluntarily subscribe to them. I’m surprised you don’t see the difference.

        • Morte42 says:

          And you lost all credibility with me. Isn’t this game fun?!

        • Dunkelzahn says:

          I guess I don’t really have to reply, as everyone has already pointed it out.

          He isn’t addressing his concerns with the company, he is venting to those that will listen, which happens to be over 1 million followers on his twitter. I say ‘Fuck it. He can say whatever the fuck he wants.’

          • Sumtron5000 says:

            Thank you. It’s not like he’s swearing in an email to a rep, or on the phone with a rep, he’s swearing on his twitter. Some may say that twitter is the only way to get attention from a company, but that’s a crappy ass policy. You shouldn’t have to twitter to be heard by customer service. Besides, if I learned anything from Communication 101, words don’t have meaning. People give words meaning.

        • lihtox says:

          I hate, hate, absolutely hate the F word, but I do try not to be so shallow as to dismiss someone simply because they use it.

        • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

          Kevin Smith is extraordinarily intelligent. Foul language has nothing to do with intelligence. I seriously doubt he thinks it makes him look cool or smart. He is just being him. SW deserves it too.

        • MrEvil says:

          Words only have the power to offend when you give them that power. Why is copulate not offensive while Fuck is? If I call someone a mother copulator am I not implying the same as if I called them a mother fucker? It’s not the words anyone should be worried about its the feelings behind those words and whom they are directed at. In Mr. Smith’s case he’s using them as a general expletive not directed at anyone in particular. In fact there’s been some sociology studies that suggest swearing in the workplace helps relieve stress… In fact I believe Consumerist even posted it.

    • TheObserver says:

      Totally agree with you. Indicates the mentatlity of “customers” today for the most part, the ends justify the means, even if it means acting in a manner far worse than the business in terms of language and demeanor.

    • MsFeasance says:

      Except he’s not calling them out for kicking him off the plane; he’s calling out the company in general because he disagrees with their policy, and (rightly) pointing out that they’re only apologizing to him because he has 1.6 million Twitter followers. If it had been anyone else, they wouldn’t be taking it seriously.

    • TrinityLast says:

      There’s a chance people wouldn’t believe it was really him talking if he didn’t swear his a** off about it :p That’s his image, after all…

    • DeeJayQueue says:

      It’s Kevin Smith we’re talking about here… he curses when he breathes. Nothing to see here, move along.

    • dolemite says:

      You are probably unfamiliar with Kevin Smith. He’s one of our best social intellectuals, but he doesn’t restrain his language for the kiddies.

    • whogots is "not computer knowledgeable" says:

      Whaaaat? I think you’re trolling. Your icon is some kind of besuited contortionist with his head up his — oh, what shall I call it without offending you — tuchus, a patently offensive and rather icky icon, and yet you’re doing that thing where you claim that an argument is void if it contains a certain combination of letters?

      I think you’re trolling.

  4. Girtych says:

    Could someone explain to me how being fat could possibly be a “security risk?”

  5. KrispyKrink says:

    Hopefully a good boycott will put them out of business now.

    • calchip says:

      Are you crazy? Southwest is by far the best, most customer oriented airline in the US. Their customer service is legendary, their fares are reasonable, their on-time and baggage handling record is among the best of any airline (and for a number of years, was #1). And unlike JetBlue, they don’t charge outrageous rebook fees, or charge for pillows and blankets, or any of the other nickel-and-dime strategies.

      The policy itself is reasonable, unless they’ve changed it. They do not charge for a second seat unless the flight is full, and if you buy the seat and the flight isn’t full, they refund the second seat charge. It’s a difficult issue because if they allow larger people on board without extra cost, then the people sitting next to them become upset, but if they charge them for an extra seat, the large people get upset. I believe their policy, *as written*, is sensible. The problem is just a few not-so-well-trained Southwest People.

      Any company with tens of thousands of employees will have a few duds, but Southwest’s People Department (as they call it) seems to screen exceptionally well, as they have far, far fewer duds (both in my own personal experience and in the experiences of many others) than pretty much any other airline out there.

    • NickelMD says:

      Actually a lot of non-obese people prefer Southwest for exactly that reason. SW might get a fat person boycott, but from their perspective that’s a net positive.

    • m'ronik says:

      Seriously? Put Southwest out of business? Sooooo which other major airline should I plan to use next, that is until some douche/boycotters put them out of business. Douche

  6. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    Airline seats have shrunk over the years, people haven’t. I weigh 400 pounds, but I have a small wife and we just lift the arm between us. If they start charging me for an extra seat even though I’m not taking up an extra seat I will be furious. Kicking me off for being a ‘safety risk’ ?? They have no idea what kind of safety risk I could be when they piss me off.

    In a world where airlines remove olives from the in flight meals to save weight, I guess the real problem is no longer how many seats they can cram in, it’s how much people weigh.

    • sleze69 says:


      Since weight is what we are really talking about here (cost to the airline in the form of fuel), airlines really should just weigh us (along with our baggage) when we check in. It is really overdue.

    • Chumas says:

      I can agree with yah. My shoulders stick out a lot and I dread the day when some desk rider makes me buy a second seat just to reign in my elbow overhang.

    • wickedr says:

      I weigh 200 lbs or slightly under depending on water weight and *I* am uncomfortable in their seats. and my shoulders will stick over.

      • Artis says:

        270lbs, 6’3″. Not only do my shoulders stick over, but my knees bump into the front seat (on most planes anyway, Southwest was actually somewhat better in that department).

    • Jevia says:

      I just don’t think its fair to make someone pay for an entire extra seat because the airlines have cut airline seat width so much that anyone over 130 pounds is considered “too fat” to fit in one of these teensy tiny seats. If the airlines made their seat widths more ‘average sized’ incidents like this would likely never happen.

      • Griking says:

        Kevin Smith’s left thigh alone is probably 130lbs.

        These aren’t regular sized people being targeted here

        • Jevia says:

          But they make their seats such that only super skinny people or children are comfortable. One doesn’t have to be “fat” to be uncomfortable in the seat, nor extend over into the next seat. When men and women with wide shoulders that are not “fat” but still spill over into the next seat, making both people uncomfortable, that means the seats are too small in general.

          • FaustianSlip says:

            You know, I weigh significantly more than 130 pounds, and I can fit in an airplane seat and be reasonably comfortable without spilling into the seat next to me. If anything, it’s my legs that start hurting because of the tiny amount of space between rows (and I’m not very tall).

            I can sympathize with the people that are getting pulled off flights because they’re too heavy. I’m sure it’s humiliating, and I do think that Southwest needs to implement methods that ensure greater consistency of who is allowed to ride, who needs to buy another seat, et cetera. That said, I’m getting a little tired of some people pretending that the folks getting pulled off the plane are just a couple of pounds overweight. I’ve seen Kevin Smith, I’ve looked at some recent photos of the guy, and this isn’t someone who’s just slightly overweight. He’s obese. I don’t say that maliciously at all- it’s hard to lose weight, and just by reading some of his statements regarding his weight (both now and in the past), I think it’s evident that he’s pretty self-conscious about it, so I’m sure this incident hit a nerve in a variety of ways. But at the end of the day, I do believe that he’d be taking up more space than just his seat, and he’s a big guy. We’re talking about someone who sat on a toilet and broke it off its wall mount- this isn’t a case of a couple of pounds here or there.

            All of that said, if he had no issues on his first flight, obviously something went wrong, and given that the second flight apparently wasn’t full, he should have been offered the opportunity to buy another seat. Southwest handled this poorly, no question, but I don’t really think it’s fair to pretend that the people to whom this has happened are “just a little overweight.” Based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think that’s the case.

            • Jevia says:

              I do agree that if one is very overweight where they really do take up significantly more than one seat (like a seat and a half or more), then they should do something (make the person buy an extra seat if the plane is otherwise full – although I’ve read reports of people that do that, yet still get kicked off planes or are forced to squeeze because the flight attendants want to put another person in that already paid for seat – and that’s not right).

              But my complaint is that even for people who aren’t “fat” most seats are very uncomfortable because they are too thin/short for the average sized person. If the seats were made for average sized people (which is a size 14 for women, hello!), then there would be a lot less complaints from others about larger people infringing on their space.

              • FaustianSlip says:

                A seat and a half? I get what you’re saying, but seriously, having spent thirteen hours on a flight while crammed next to a guy who probably took up a seat and a quarter, I’m going to say that if you’re overhanging your seat at all, you need to pay for an extra seat if it’s a full flight, or move to a seat where you’ll have an empty seat next to you. The idea that it’s not a problem so long as the heavier person is “only” taking up less than half a seat doesn’t strike me as equitable at all. Personally, I’d like to see Southwest provide measurements so that people can check themselves at home and see whether they need to buy two seats. There should also be sample seats available at each airport gate to check any marginal cases prior to boarding (heck, check everyone, if that will make people feel less like they stand out).

                And like I said before, I am average sized. Size fourteen (well, between a fourteen and a twelve), certainly not super-skinny, weighing more than 130 pounds, and I’ve flown a lot (and recently) and had no trouble fitting in the seats. I didn’t find the seats themselves, in terms of their width, uncomfortable at all- it was purely the issue of pitch and leg room in relation to the next row. My entire family flies pretty frequently, and none of them have trouble fitting into the seats (we’re a pretty broad range of heights and weights). I feel like shrugging and saying, “Well, airline seats are so small, no one fits in them, unless they’re tiny!” is trying to pretend that the people getting yanked off of planes fall into the “average” size category, and without trying to be mean at all, they simply don’t. These are people who are obese- Kevin Smith is obese, and you only need to look at his picture to see that. The fact that someone’s not heavy enough to be buried in a piano case doesn’t mean they’re not obese and won’t infringe on other people’s space on a plane.

                I’m sure there are exceptions and cases where someone who’s a linebacker or something has trouble fitting into an airplane seat (and not necessarily because of obesity). I suppose airlines could redesign their seats to make them wider, but we’ll end up paying for that, and then we’ll see a bunch of articles here on Consumerist complaining about how expensive plane tickets have gotten. As someone who flies often, that doesn’t exactly thrill me, especially given that I do fit into the seats as they are now, and I have no doubt that the airlines would bend everyone over and extract far more money from the refits than they actually spent.

      • Sky75 says:

        This is an excellent point. I just got off a flight from Honolulu to Houston and the guy sitting next to me was not fat in any sense of the word, but he had broad shoulders. Not even really broad, not super buff, if you saw this guy on the street you wouldn’t look twice at him, but I spent the entire flight getting elbowed and crushed against the wall because the seats were so narrow.

        What irks me is that no one would DREAM of suggesting he buy an extra seat, even though he was clearly in my space. If being fat is a security risk, how is that not also a security risk?

        • varro says:

          Yep. I was never comfortable in an airline seat, even when I was 50 lbs lighter – it’s always my shoulders and elbows that don’t have room.

          (BTW, I don’t need an extender, and my gut doesn’t spill over – but how do I lose width off my shoulders?)

      • Sumtron5000 says:

        If the companies made their seats average sized, wouldn’t there still be plently of people who are bigger than average? I see it cutting down on the problem, but it wouldn’t get rid of it entirely. No matter how big the seats are, someone will always be bigger. Also, to play devil’s advocate, if there are less seats, I assume that the price of one seat would go up. I think it’s a lose lose situation for the airlines- do they choose to piss off the passenger, or the passengers who end up sitting next to the guy who may be taking up extra room? In this case, he had the armrest down, but what about the times where the passenger can’t get the armrests down?

    • Shadowfire says:

      Hi5, heavy brother! My wife and I do the exact same thing.

      Oddly, while the seats are uncomfortable, I can squeeze my fat ass into one with the arm rests down. I did it on our trip to Florida for our honeymoon no problem… one extension, sit straight down, and I’m in. It’s not comfy at all, but it works. Guess that means they can’t charge me for the extra seat. ;-)

    • m'ronik says:

      You weigh 2 1/2 times what I weigh dude. Why the hell shouldn’t I be offered a discount? WTF

    • xamarshahx says:

      I weight under half that weight and I am not comfortable in a coach seat, how can the poor person next to you be comfortable if you are taking all that space in one seat. While it seems unfair, it is also unfair to the person sitting next to you.

    • dilbert69 says:

      It’s a good thing you weren’t on the Japan Airlines flight I took from Tokyo to San Francisco recently. There was no one next to me, but the arm rest, which was extremely fat, did not lift, by design. I fit okay into a coach seat, but I wouldn’t have minded a bit more room. Too bad for me.

    • Sumtron5000 says:

      Honest question: I assume that you put up the armrest so that part of you can comfortably be in your wife’s seat, correct? Have you ever flew without your wife, or sitting separate from her, or with someone else sitting on the other side of you? What happens in that situation?

      • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

        I have flown alone a few times. Luckily, the planes were nearly empty most the time. Once, I did hang out in the isle, but that was chartered flight full of coworkers. On the return they put me in first class. The first class seat was the same size, only it had six inches between. I will not fly without my wife and we will be in ‘economy’ as the first class seats do not have arms you can move out of the way.

  7. Well I never! says:

    Ft ppl smll. ht sttng nxt t thm n plns. mn pls, wp yr crck/s.

  8. SoCalMan says:

    Maybe Kevin Smith can be a part of another airline’s marketing campaign:

    “At Virgin America, although we charge you $20 to check-in your 50 pound suitcase, unlike Southwest Airlines, we will not charge you $100 if you are 50 pounds overweight.”

    And SWA (and their respective employees responsible for this) picked a bad time to act superior, with all of the press he’s going to be doing over the coming weeks for COP OUT.

  9. eyecon82 says:

    haha…oh man..someone is probably kicking themselves now…the worst thing you can do is offend a consumerist employee

  10. DH405 says:

    I know he’s gotten a bit bigger in more recent years, but he’s not THAT huge.

    • savageboredom (formerly Benguin) says:

      That’s always been my opinion. I”m a big Smith fan (listen to SModcast every week), and he always goes on and on about his weight. Honestly I never thought of him as that fat. Above average maybe, but not gargantuan by any means.

      • shufflemoomin says:

        If you catch the right shots of him, he is VERY big. He openly admits that he chooses clothing styles that will intentionally hide his size. He also admitted that on his ‘evening with…’ DVDs they’re shot in a technical manner to make him appear thinner than he is. Watch some of the extras on his DVDs and pay attention to him. He’s a damn big guy. Funny as all hell and the nicest guy you could ever meet, but a big guy none-the-less.

    • lincolnparadox says:

      For someone Kevin Smith’s height, he should weigh 180, tops. I don’t want to guesstimate his weight, but it’s not 180.

    • badhatharry says:

      Have you seen the photo of him on on their Macworld story? Guy looks like he’s standing in front of a funhouse mirror.

    • Sorta Kinda Lucky Soul says:

      Here’s a link to the picture referenced on — yes, he’s gotten larger in the last few years, but if the armrests come down then by their own regulations they didn’t have any reason to kick him off the flight.

    • jesusofcool says:

      I’m not a huge Kevin Smith fan, but it’s my understanding based on the few interviews that I’ve seen is that he’s very proud and unapologetic of his weight. If I understand his general attitude correctly, it sort of takes away some of the sympathy factor for me, for someone to be that unhealthy and not seem to care. While it certainly doesn’t excuse poor customer policy by Southwest, personal responsibility plays a small role here.

  11. booboloo says:

    I love kevin smith, he’s funny as hell, but have you seen him lately? he’s become so big that when his feet come out of his over sized pants it looks like he’s on stilts.

    If you take two seats, you should have to pay for two seats.
    Its only fair.

    • aliasmisskat says:

      And if you bother read the tweets, you will know he fit in ONE seat WITH the armrest down.

      He didn’t take two seats, was not asked to buy a second, and was kicked off after putting his bag up, sitting down, and lowering the armrest. This is another case of Southwest arbitrarily enforcing a poorly designed rule.

      • GadgetsAlwaysFit says:

        I hate to mention this but that armrest test, welllll, it isn’t always a really good test. I am short and petite and used to have to fly a great deal for my job. It was a very rare occasion where I was seated next to someone who crowded into my seat but it did happen. Even though friends have joked that I don’t need a whole seat myself, even I was kind of squished to the side for the entire flight because the guy’s arms, shoulders, and legs were partially in my seat too. It was an uncomfortably long flight and I was grateful to get off. I have yet to come up with how to resolve such a situation so that everyone is treated fairly, including the squished petite people who count too.

        • aliasmisskat says:

          I understand. I would be annoyed, too. Isn’t Southwest supposed to have a seat test for people they think may not fit before boarding the plane? Waiting until someone is seated and comfortable is embarrassing and unnecessary.

        • mythago says:

          As one of those smaller people who often gets squished – spare me, OK? I get crowded out a lot less by fat people than by middle-aged white guys who have an overdeveloped sense of the amount of space God directly decreed they can occupy, and I don’t see Southwest throwing THEM off planes.

          • DangerMouth says:

            I’m pretty sure that men spread their legs in inverse proportion to how much they’ve actually got down there.

          • GadgetsAlwaysFit says:

            For those who would write to get over it. I wasn’t rude in my comments nor derogatory. I wasn’t asking for anyone’s sympathy or lack thereof. I was stating a real situation and further asking the general question if there was really good solution here that won’t offend others. I haven’t always been petite and take extreme offense when anyone is judged by their size. The anonymity of the web seems to encourage the abandonment of civility which I think spills over into personal encounters. In other words, everyone is getting more rude by the day. Further proof can be derived from this very story when even a business feels that kindness, civility, and general politeness are not a tenant of conducting business any longer.

      • booboloo says:

        I doubt the arm rest test, he doesn’t have a huge ass. His bulk is higher up, so he would simply dominate the seat space above the arm rest area in a way that would violate your personal space.

  12. sonneillon says:

    I get the distinct sense that there is going to be some firings at southwest.

    • Morte42 says:

      HA! If only. They’ll probably get promoted. It was the pilot after all, he won’t even hear about it unless he’s a twitter user.

  13. acasto says:

    It is amazing how subjective rules have become with airlines these days. Seems like the complete opposite of most industries where employees aren’t granted any flexibility in interpretation or enforcement of the “rules”.

  14. Elphaba says:

    GRAAAAND. Am now scared for my flight next month. I’m a bigger girl, but 100% fit in my own seat with the arms down and the seat belt fastened, no extender needed. I know this because I regularly sit in the tiny seats at the Energy Solutions Arena. I fit JUST FINE. It however seems that the people on Southwest haphazardly enforce/don’t enforce the rules.

    I can’t afford a second seat, and my ego can’t handle the harassment. I’d cry of humiliation.

    Oh and to the ass who’ll say lose weight? I’m down 5 pounds, TYVM.

    • Chumas says:

      congrats on the weight loss!
      /high five

      • Elphaba says:

        Weight Watchers.

        Although all my friends are doing the HCG thing, and the weight seems to just be melting off them. Me, I’m working for every single pound. Of course, I do eat, versus them basically not eating.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      My company knows that I will not accept a seat assignment on a Southwest flight. It hasn’t been a problem at all. I can lower both armrests just fine, by the way, and I could last year before I lost fifty pounds. (Yes, I said FIFTY, and I could still fit into a standard economy seat on British Airways.) But it’s just not worth the hassle.

      incidentally, I asked our company travel office about it recently, and i found out they basically just don’t use Southwest. Folks, I work for an international company that employs over 40,000 people on every single continent and thinks nothing of flying twenty people to Houston from Dubai for a week for training. My boss travels two weeks of every month to places like Singapore and Moscow. I’ve flown to Dubai, Hannover, Aberdeen, Calgary, and five or six places in the US in a two-year period, and I would fly more if I didn’t prefer to drive anywhere within an eight-hour radius. Southwest would love to get our business, but they just don’t have it. Boo hoo for them.

    • jesusofcool says:

      I wouldn’t be too scared. I come from a family where the guys are fairly large and we went on a family vacation recently, flew 3 different Southwest flights and had absolutely no problems. The key is that this rule is extremely arbitrary and unless you’re stop and stare large, from my experience it’s unenforced.
      I think that’s the main reason why this rule is so overwhelmingly stupid. In any case where people a rule is enforced through employee’s arbitrary sight judgment, mistakes are going to be made. For example , we all know that if our carry-on doesn’t fit into the little test box or exceeds the size requirements, it is not technically allowed on the plane. If Southwest wants this rule, they need to either create clear, specific, quantitative guidelines that passengers know beforehand and employees can easily enforce, or they need to drop the damned passenger of size rules.

  15. Ayanami says:

    Well looks like my trip with the fam to Florida later this year will be by train. I had given up on all the other airlines except Southwest until this. There is now no domestic carrier that I can fly with that I feel deserves my money. Auto train, here we come!

    • HoJu says:

      I’ve been thinking the same thing. The trip is a LOOOOOT longer and at least twice the price but I’m actually questioning if it would be worth it. Crazy shit, those airlines. You either have a great experience or you have a HORRIBLE experience, it seems.

  16. Sheogorath says:

    Trains are the way to go, people. If you don’t need to be there NOW, spend an extra day relaxing in comfort and style. Friendly staff and, if you rent a room, free meals. GOOD food, too.

    • savageboredom (formerly Benguin) says:

      I like the train too, but the speed factor isn’t as minimal as you might think. I recently looked at booking a trip from Sa Diego, CA to Austin, TX. It was going to take something like 2 or 3 days of travel. A flight, while slightly more expensive, is only a few hours.

      • jamar0303 says:

        That’s the annoying thing. Lots of people in the US still don’t take rail seriously so there’s no high-speed rail. Out here high-speed rail is being worked on; for the segments that do have it it’s only a little more than 3x as long as an equivalent flight. The difference is more than acceptable when you factor in the vastly cheaper tickets with practically no baggage limit (where I’d have to check in up to the limit on an aircraft I can fit it all onto the provided space on an overnight high-speed train) or luggage restrictions.

        • myrna_minkoff says:

          I would argue that people don’t think of rail seriously because it is so slow.

          I take the train to NYC and DC from Philly all the time. But it’s just not a realistic option for any of the other cities I visit.

          • LESSTHANKIND says:

            Also, have you seen the prices of the overnight accommodations on Amtrak? Might as well hop off the train and take a deluxe suite at the Ritz Carlton… you’d save money over the tiny compartments, and be a lot more comfortable.

        • john says:

          I don’t take train travel seriously because it is subsidized by the govt. and sucks. It is also expensive and slow.

          • jamar0303 says:

            Subsidized? No, the Chinese rail system is subsidized- when you can get first-class sleeper tickets Shanghai to Hong Kong (normally a 2.5-hour flight and over US$1000 in first class) for US$50 each way, no advance purchase requirement. With prices that high the US can’t possibly be pouring as much money into it as they do the interstate. I think that’s definitely not the right way to go. Electrify and speed up the network and it won’t suck anymore. And if you’re going to subsidize it to encourage travel, don’t be so half-hearted about it.

    • Preyfar says:

      That, and with a train you don’t have to deal with Luggagegate. The drama of luggage, fines, then the 30 to 60 minutes you spend waiting for the plane to unload their shit, it to pop up on the carousel, rotate around… sometimes you get your bags fast, other times that second bag just takes forever to come around.

    • LBD "Nytetrayn" says:

      Ugh, I wish I could get a room on a train. Make a trip from Toronto to Baltimore once a year, and they don’t have anything of the sort.

      • mrsam says:

        Of course there is.

        The Maple Leaf, the joint Via Rail/Amtrak New York-Toronto train, via Niagara Falls, leaves Toronto daily @8:30am, and arrives in New York 9:35pm. If it’s on time, you can catch the last Amtrak regional train of the day, leaving at 10:22pm, and arriving in Baltimore at 12:40am. Or, book a room at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, a four-star hotel right across the street from Penn Station where you’ll arrive, have a nice, late dinner, then take the regional train to Baltimore next morning.

        If you’re not in a big hurry, this should be a very nice trip, and nobody will ask you to take your shoes off.

        When I vacationed in Montreal, I rode Amtrak both ways between New York and Montreal. It’s a long, but a very pleasant trip, and the scenery was beautiful. The coach seats on Amtrak have about the same room and comfort as business class seats on Tin Can Airlines.

        • Theodore the Proud says:

          “Of course there is”?

          There are no rooms on the Maple Leaf. Nowhere in your reply did you touch on rooms on a train, which is what the person you were replying to was talking about.

          Perhaps in your eagerness to show off your knowledge you failed to actually read what the poster had written?

        • ekthesi says:

          The Hotel Pennsylvania is not a four-star hotel.

    • Geekmom says:

      Trains are great, but our track system sucks!
      I used to take the train all the time when I lived in IL.
      In OK you have to catch a train to Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX to switch trains to get to St. Louis, MO and the price has gone up a lot!

      I had to quit visiting my family in IL because they wanted me to go greyhound to be cheap. After my last nightmare trip on the bus I told them it’ll be a frosty day in hell the next time I ride the greyhound bus.

    • 339point4 says:

      The more people that travel by rail, the further in advance I have to book my tickets.

  17. JennaBelle says:

    I heart Kevin Smith!

  18. sadolakced says:

    Southwest probably would lose more money from the thin people who stop flying them for all the fatties they get stuck next to.

    BTW, Morte42. Still a UAB fan? UTEP I could forgive, and Memphis was expected. Marshall on home turf? That’s just sloppy.

  19. jenjenjen says:

    I really hope all the bad press they’re getting over this will force them to consider reforming their policy on oversize customers. I have NO problem with them having a policy but it needs to make sense. It needs to be objective and predictable. All Southwest’s planes are the same – if you fit in one, you fit in all of them. They need to have a reliable way for customers and staff to know who is too big and who is not. “Measure your hips at their widest point. If your hips are more than ____ around, you need to buy two tickets.” Objective, predictable, no mystery. Definitely not up to the staff to make a judgment call.

    I’m guessing since none of the gate agents had a problem with him that there might have been something more to the story here like maybe he was being a smartass when boarding and the captain was looking for an excuse to ditch him. I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith is prone to smartassery.

    • Dropzone56_rockingout says:

      I don’t know how feasible this is but, Can’t SW put a demo seat in the terminal to see if some one fits? I’ve seen this at amusement parks and it seems to work.

      • baquwards says:

        When A&E was doing the show Airline, some airports had a seat to test to see if people fit. The seat was behind the desk thingy out of sight, this seems like the smartest solution. If not a seat behind every desk maybe a couple in the terminal.

      • FaustianSlip says:

        I was saying this to a friend recently. Southwest needs to get a demo seat in every terminal and have every customer sit in it to demonstrate that they fit. No more accusations of random application (and the application of this rule has been random, no doubt about that), everyone has to do it, so it’s not specifically targeting anyone.

        Of course, I suspect that then you’ll hear that it’s “public humiliation” for people who are heavy. I don’t know whether having to sit in a demo seat in the terminal is better or worse than being spoken to on the plane itself. Personally, I’d rather find out before boarding that there’s an issue, but I’m not heavy enough to have to worry about this. The seat thing would definitely help with a more uniform application of the two seat rule.

        I do think it was a mistake on Kevin Smith’s part to fly on Southwest at all. This policy of theirs is pretty well-known, I thought- there have been several major stories about it in the news even recently, and it’s been in place for at least a year or two, at this point. He’s outraged about the entire policy now, which is entirely his prerogative, but why give them your business in the first place? That leaves me scratching my head a bit. Even so, that pilot’s gotta be getting reamed right about now. Guess he didn’t like Jersey Girl.

        • mythago says:

          Probably because SW has a no-assigned-seating policy, so on a flight that’s partly empty (as this one apparently was) you can try to find a seat next to an empty one and not squash your neighbor.

          • Absinthe says:

            Yes, I think the fact that the flight wasn’t full is very important here, If you aren’t on a full flight, then why pay for an extra seat (or, for that matter, if you are traveling with a partner who will sit next to you & your girth… and I am girthy)

        • lihtox says:

          I don’t think you have to have everyone sit in the seat, but if the demo seat were available, then an overweight passenger would be able to (a) confirm for themselves that they will fit, and (b) prove to an overzealous agent that they can. (Perhaps the demo seat could come with sensors so that it can render an objective judgement.)

          Personally, I wish airports had demos of the seats of ALL aircraft, so that I could try them out and decide which was least uncomfortable, and choose an airline based on that. Also, it would be nice if those demos had air masks which deployed (so that nervous people could actually practice putting the masks on– I’ve heard about them dozens of times but I’ve never gotten to try one, thank goodness) etc. And given the pre-flight announcements, it might be good to give certain passengers practice in putting their seatbelt on. :)

          • FaustianSlip says:

            I suggest having everyone do the seat test mostly so that people who really need to be checked to ensure they’ll fit won’t feel like they’re being singled out. If everyone has to do it, it’s not such a big deal. Either way, the issue of who needs to buy two seats, who may not be allowed to fly on the plane and so on needs to be resolved before people have boarded the plane and gotten settled.

    • MsFeasance says:

      Because that test doesn’t disproportionately affect pregnant women, whose bulk is carried in front, at all.

  20. oldgraygeek says:

    He looks familiar… wasn’t he in Die Hard 4?

  21. Rubedo says:

    Now, we all know the reality that we are getting ‘larger’.
    Maybe they should start designing newer planes to accomidate the group of people they are serving?
    Just a thought.

    • ConsumerWolf says:

      Yes, let’s redesign everything because Kevin Smith can’t put down a doughnut.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        How about let’s stop redesigning airline seats to only fit smaller and smaller people. How about let’s go back to the way seats were when people could fit in them. How about you get your head out of your ass and stick up for consumers, “Consumer”Wolf.

    • rpm773 says:

      I don’t know about building entire plans with larger seats, but I bet an airline could modify existing planes and put in a row or two containing larger seats. Those seats would be more expensive (but less than the cost of two seats), and available on a first come/first serve basis to people of “size”. I’m not trying to sound offensive when I say this, but they’d operate a bit like handicap parking spots.

      Maybe there are better solutions. But if an airline were to do this or something else that comes off as a constructive solution to this issue, it could be a great PR move for the airline. Alas, I suspect are far too cash-strapped to even consider a constructive solution.

  22. Tedsallis says:

    Maybe he was kicked off because he hasn’t made a decent film since “Mallrats”. I consider him more a film user than film maker.

  23. HighontheHill says:

    I can’t speak specifically to their policy, but I flew SWA a couple of months ago, the flight down to FL was great with no problems at all. Really a great airline I was impressed.

    The flight back was filled to capacity and I got stuck next to a fat fuck who came so far over the arm-rest onto my side, I had to sit all cocked over at an angle, we became one as our touching bodies stuck together with a bond of sweat, halfway into the flight my back started cramping up and became very painful…. Sucked big time, I was furious with he and the airline for allowing such a thing to occur; but I stayed quiet so as to not embarrass the fella; next time, I’m calling the person out on no uncertain terms.

    Hey it’s a free country, be as hefty as you want, but stay on your side of the fucking seat. No reason I should have to be sat on because you cannot fit within the confines of your seat. If you cannot fit in one seat, you should seriously have to purchase two perhaps three.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      “fat fuck “


      • HighontheHill says:

        Listen, I’m a decent sized dude, but I do not ooze beyond the confines of my airline seat and envelope the spaces adjacent to me with my sweaty mass. No, I fit nicely within the seat for which I purchased a ticket, I do not appreciate someones fucking pud resting on my arm as we transect the nation; that’s not part of the contract when I book a seat. You have trouble fitting in one seat, you should have to purchase two, trouble with two, you should have to buy three, and so on… I don’t care if your ass needs the purchase of half the available fuselage tickets, just keep your sweaty, soft, dimpled flesh off my body…..

    • varro says:

      “…we became one as our touching bodies stuck together with a bond of sweat…”

      Pretty good amateur porn writing. Keep at it!

  24. ConsumerWolf says:

    How are we supposed to know whether Southwest overreacted unless we know his actual weight?

    • LadyTL says:

      Weight has no real basis on the size of a person since muscle mass weighs more than fat so someone could be very heavy but still not that big if they had more muscles than fat.

  25. Putaro says:

    Airline seat designs are left over from the 70’s when people were smaller (both height and weight) and airplanes were not full all the time. It’s time to start having more rational seat layouts but no airline wants to be first because airlines are competing strictly on price now and having fewer seats will mean lower revenues. It’s time for the FAA to come up with some minimum requirements for seat space and make all the airlines follow them. Fares will go up a bit but they’re pretty low and I’d rather have more space and pay a little bit more (as opposed to paying a LOT more and sitting in business class)

    • mcgyver210 says:

      Maybe they are left over from the seventies but maybe it is also a wake up call to a growing problem of people not taking care of their health in general.

    • nybiker says:

      I know I’ve gotten larger (but not as large as Kevin) as I’ve gotten older, so I suffer on the buses & subways here in nyc. On the subways, it’s not a big enough problem with the flat bench style seats, but rather the ones that have the, what would you call them, the seat cutouts?, that indicate a ‘seat’. The problem occurs when there’s only really room for a rail-thin supermodel (like she’d be on the subway!) to fit there, but another person who’s, let’s say, the same size as me, decides to sit there. The next thing I know is that I’ve that person trying to read a paper and turning pages and as a result sticking their elbows into my side. Not fun. Unlike an airplane, where you can pretty confident that the tsa folks have caught the weapons someone might have attempted to bring on board, there’s no such certainty on the subway, so I generally refrain from commenting unless it’s really, really annoying.
      Of course, with the coming budget cuts, the trains & buses are going to get even more crowded (like they say, there’s always room for 1,000 more).

  26. Hands says:

    Anyone get the feeling Southwest Airlines will be making an unwanted appearance in the next Kevin Smith film?

  27. benleclair says:

    If the flight wasn’t full and everyone could be accommodated or moved, fine. Calling it a security risk? Stupid. However.. As someone who has ended up multiple times with part of someone else draped over them because they are taking up their seat and part of mine, I don’t hate these airline policies.

  28. CyGuy says:

    “SouthWest Airlines: We love your bags, but leave your spare tire and saddlebags at the gym”

  29. masso says:

    The big deal isn’t that they kicked fat people, the deal is that he was booted off that flight after he was seated and armrest is already down. It was inconsistent in their policy.

  30. fat&gaining says:

    in all fairness, didn’t they just change their policy so that if you purchased two seats and there turns out to be empty seats on the flight once you get on, they will actually refund you the second ticket? Sounds like a very reasonable agreement… I’ve sat next to larger people on flights and I don’t understand why I should be inconvenienced because of your size. Riddle me THAT!

  31. ConsumerWolf says:

    The most outrageous part of this story is Mr. Smith’s attitude that, just because he’s a celebrity, the rules don’t apply to him. Maybe he should spend less time twittering and more time on a treadmill.

    • pantheonoutcast says:

      Or more spend a little more time at a screenwriting course. All he seems to know how do to is tell dick jokes and make comic book references.

      • ConsumerWolf says:


      • LadyTL says:

        Have you every actually watched a Kevin Smith movie? Yes there is dick jokes and occasionally comic book references but there is more as well and if you actually ever watched one instead of YouTube clips of them you would actually know that.

    • yzerman says:

      Set the rule before people buy their tickets and make people actually stand on a scale before they check in. You go over the weight limit you are REQUIRED to buy a 2nd ticket. How is it any different than checking in a oversized / overweight bag? more weight = more jet fuel = high ticket prices.

    • Tuggie says:

      I’m not really sure what article you were reading but he declined SWA apology because they responded to him BECAUSE he is famous. He is making the point that other not-so-famous large folk don’t get the same decency that he did and that is wrong.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      Ah, I was wondering where all the typical ‘fattie-fat-fat people DESERVE IT because they’re FAT!’ comments were! I was beginning to think he was getting a pass for being famous.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:


  32. NebraskaDan says:

    I’m 6’5″ and 290 lbs. I played O-line in college for a Division 1 school. I’ll be damned if some desk jockey wants to tell me I’m “too fat” to fly. Oh! I’m sorry! My knees are up to my ears because you jammed 10 extra rows of seating into your planes! And I’m sorry that my hip bones have to be forced into a seat…not my fat, my actual BONES!

    How about we run 10 miles? The last person there gets booted for being too out of shape! It won’t be me, I guarantee it. BIG is not FAT, and SKINNY is not HEALTHY!

    • BBG says:

      Tell you what Hoss; if you’re sitting next to me, and you’re crowding me out of my seat, I want the airline to say that you’re too big (not fat) to fly in one seat (not that you can’t fly at all). If you don’t impinge on my space, I don’t care what your dimensions are.

      • OletheaEurystheus says:

        If you were to say something like that to me, they would have to remove me with the police, and you with a body bag.

        You want to be comfortable, go sit in first class. Otherwise you are cargo like the rest of us and have no rights.

        • morlo says:

          Shouldn’t you be in first class then? In the cargo hold each package must be of standardized weight and volume.

      • NebraskaDan says:

        Well, for me the main problem is my height. Shall I slice off my legs at my shins to make it more convenient? Sorry to break it to you, but I am the future. People continually get bigger and taller, yet the airlines haven’t redesigned the seats since when?

        Anyway, I’ll be inconvenienced a bit. It’s better than being a pathetic half-man like so many little Napoleons I see.

        • Artis says:

          Obviously you should pay for your seat and the one in front of you, us tall folk should know better then to jam our knees into someones back. Maybe that front seat should come with complementary lead hats to shrink you down for your next flight?

    • SlappyWhite says:

      Well, since its NebraskaDan, and you said you played D-1, all I can say is…GO BIG RED!

    • Morte42 says:

      Amen to that.

  33. goodcow says:

    Lose weight.

  34. elvisaintdead says:

    Let’s not forget he also has a new movie coming out in a week or two.

  35. parabola101 says:

    Hummm … airlines and their rules… maybe they should place a “you must be this size” to board a plane seat next to the carry-on suitcase criteria? Or… geeze… maybe the seats are just too SMALL???

  36. ginnel says:

    Just like malls and parking garages they are making the spaces we have to fit into smaller and smaller in order to get more paying people in the same space. It seems like they’re trying to push customers away instead of making their flying, shopping, parking experience a pleasant one.

  37. mrkitty says:


    Let the air crew outsmart and outwit you until you get kicked off…..

    Winner: Nobody

  38. crichton007 says:

    Well, at least his bags were going to fly for free.

  39. David in Brasil says:

    I can think of about 5 reasons why I hope that I don’t ever have to sit next to him.

  40. htowninsomniac says:

    Sorry, fat people, sorry, famous people, no special rules for you. If the flight wasn’t full, then kicking him off may have been a bit too strong of a reaction, but Mr. Smith couldn’t have known that in advance. He should have purchased two tickets.

    Fat people: If you can’t stop being fat, at least stop being a nuisance for the person next to you.

  41. dadelus says:

    FL FTSS FL!!! Jst nt n Sthwst pprntl.

  42. edrebber says:

    It’s never a problem for the overweight person, but it causes a problem for the person seated next to them. I’ve seen plenty of overweight people on airplanes who could care less that they are occupying the space that another passenger has paid for. It’s stealing and the overweight person should have to pay for the extra seat. Other passengers aren’t allowed to occupy a seat they haven’t paid for and if they do they are told to move.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      What are you talking about? Do you know any overweight people?
      I know two that are very overweight and they are paranoid and do everything they can to prevent people from being uncomfortable. They are often humiliated and feel embarrassed when going to trains/airplanes.
      They both actually have medical conditions and it’s hard to keep weight down but i know for a fact they both try.
      Usually they are flying with their SO, so it’s easier for them to deal with.

      • FaustianSlip says:

        I can’t speak for every overweight person in question, though I don’t doubt that it’s embarrassing when you don’t fit into your seat or you know you’re infringing on the space of the person next to you (unless you’re just an asshole). That said, the fact that someone feels bad doesn’t really do anything to help me if I’m crammed next to a window and unable to use an armrest or go to the bathroom without massive disruption during a thirteen-hour flight to Japan, which has actually happened to me. I have a lot of sympathy for people who are overweight and in this position- it’s not easy to lose weight, and there are medical conditions that can make it harder. I get that. But at what point does my sympathy for their problem mean that I’m no longer entitled to use the seat for which I paid unencumbered? I don’t advocate deliberately humiliating anyone (personally, I think every passenger should have to sit in a demo seat before boarding the plane, the same way you put your carry on in the little bin to prove it’s within size limits), but I do think it’s fair that people who take up more than one seat pay for a second seat.

        All of that said, the policy needs to be enforced consistently, which is where I think having a demo seat and a set of concrete measurements will help things. Right now, it seems to be based entirely on the judgment of the pilot and/or flight attendants, which is part of what’s causing the issue. One guy might give a large passenger a break, where another will kick them off. Come up with a firm set of rules based on objective criteria and stick to them.

  43. jeffile says:

    It’s time to treat all passengers equally. I suggest passengers be given a weight limit which includes person plus baggage. An adult male would be allowed 225 lbs, adult female 175 lbs and child 100 pounds. Anything more than the stated weight would incur a fee of $1 per pound. Or perhaps they could install clear plexi glass partitions next to each seat which could be raised to ensure one does not overlap into anothers paid space,

    • bainelaker says:

      You don’t understand how mass works, do you?

    • Etoiles says:

      Aside from being offensive and unenforceable (who are you to tell a 6′ woman she needs to be under 175 lbs?), that doesn’t get at part of the problem.

      My last Southwest flight, I was in the middle seat, between two men. Both were between 6′ and 6’3″. Both were clearly extremely fit and worked out. I’m 5’8″ and pretty much all legs and shoulders myself. And it was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been on a plane. All of our shoulders kept overlapping, there was no room for anyone’s arms, nobody could cross or even move their legs… it was incredibly painful, the way we all three kept contorting, and it was barely even possible to read a boor or a magazine because there was no way to hold it, because of how we couldn’t move our arms or shoulders.

      And these are the “ideal” passengers, who in everyone’s fat-phobic universe the plane should be 100% full of.

      Let’s face it: airplane layouts could stand to be a little more accommodating.

      • Absinthe says:

        I suffer from fierce restless leg when I feel confined. Totally my problem which is why I take Zanax while flying now. It has improved my flight experience 100%. I am sure it also improves the experience of the person next to me as well since I don’t have ants in my pants, just a smile & some drool.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      density, not just weight, is key here.
      i’m 5′ 3″ and wear a size 12 which is pretty average for a female in the US. but due to having spent many years being very active and athletic, i weigh 190 pounds. i fit very comfortably into an airline seat, with inches to spare on either side.
      i could stand to lose a few pounds, but at 125 pounds i’m skeletal. with a 50 pound suitcase and a weight of 125 pounds i’d probably be too sick to fly. last time i weighed that little i was hospitalized because i was in diabetic ketoacidosis and had lost too much weight to be able to walk around

    • brianguyy says:

      I totally agree and have suggested the same concept. “density”? uhh that doesn’t come into play. the fuel required to get us to our destination doesn’t know nor care how “dense” you are.

  44. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Once, I had this huuuge guy sit next to me on a flight. I knew he was probably nervous because people are such assholes about overweight people on airplanes. I made sure to smile and say hello as he squeezed in the seat. Actually, it was kind of comfortable. Like having a huge pillow next to you and you didn’t have to worry about accidentally touching the person next to you because you had no choice.

    also, my best friend is 6’4, 420 pounds. He’s never been kicked off a flight, but he will choose seating assignments online towards the last minute to make sure theres an empty seat next to him, and usually picks the “extra room” seats. He’s so friendly and happy that it would be hard for people to be mad at him anyway.

    • htowninsomniac says:

      It’s fantastic that you felt comfortable next to a big guy on a plane, but how exactly does that help me when I’m in that situation and I’m not comfortable?

      And how is not having a choice about touching the other person any good? If I sit next to an incontinent person, is that good because I don’t have to go to the lavatory anymore, because there’s going to be urine all over the seats anyway?

  45. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    Rock on, Lunchbox!

  46. CTAUGUST says:

    Used to be very heavy myself. You overeat because of emotional problems that are not dealt with. Kevin Smith’s horrible language is unprofessional also. I suggest he seek therapy for anger management and to discover why he is overweight. Southwest shining a light on this problem may save his life.

    • LadyTL says:

      Wow, way to believe all the stereotypes. So if I starve myself into an eating disorder thats so much healthier? But yet starving myself will not reduce the bone volume of my hips and shoulders and rib cage… Oh and skinny people can have emotional issues too. So what if he curses though, this isn’t 1942 and only the poor ugly, lower class curse. Cursing is just another form of expression and people who act like it is beneath people should be monitored every moment of the day and scolded for hours if they ever curse even partially.

    • mizmoose says:

      Thanks for the touchy-feely bullshit. Not every fat person “overeats” or “needs therapy.” Perhaps you are the one who needs therapy, so you can learn to get over yourself.

    • varro says:

      Judging from Kevin Smith’s movies, his language is *very* professional, in that it is appropriate for what he does – movies with lots of raunchy humor.

      Foul language on the Internet about people who do stupid things is much better than therapy. You don’t have to pay someone a ton of money to talk to them – you have many strangers who will validate you for free.

      Lighten up, Francis.

  47. rwalford792 says:

    I hope Kevin Smith makes a film with “Dante” as the guy that gets kicked off the plane with his sidekick – that blonde guy from Clerks – in CLERKS 3. HAHAHA

  48. MattAlbie says:

    Or he *could* have said “Hey, wasn’t that guy a voice in the animated family movie “Doogal”?

  49. ludwigk says:

    I would be interested to know how he would actually counter the argument that “all passengers have a right to their space,” outside of repeated Fuck You’s. If you’re seated next to a large passenger, you may indeed suffer a deprivation of what you are entitled to due to the negative externalities of another. What exactly would he propose as fair?

    • Artis says:

      Don’t know about him, but I’d say that the only reason they get away with undersized seats is because they single out badly overweight people. If they actually would say that one has to fit into the seat rectangle tall, broad hipped and broad shouldered people would have to buy two seats (not that it helps the tall, we don’t fit in a way that a seat next to us helps only marginally) and the “lose some weight fatty” reactions would cease being effective in offsetting the bad press.

  50. Villnius says:

    OK, so does this mean that skinny people should be demanding a discount on our tickets? Really, if they’re going to charge +size people to make up for the extra space and weight, I should get a discount, or be allowed to bring an extra bag without charge, right?

  51. Crutnacker says:

    Given the fact that an airline ticket gets you these days is a seat, is it unfair to expect that it fit the same sized ass that your average chair in a restaurant or movie theater accomodates? And let’s face it, in the event of a water landing, Kevin Smith can be used as a floatation device.

  52. rdclark says:

    When I get on the train every day the only thing I expect is that they will get me where I’m going. Sometimes I get a seat to myself. Sometimes I get squished between two other people. Sometimes I have to stand.

    It’s never comfortable.

    When did it become an expectation that air travel would be comfortable? Particularly in the cheap seats? If the airline promotes comfort, then they owe us comfort. But I haven’t noticed any such ads lately.

    • htowninsomniac says:

      Do you reserve a seat for your train commute?

      Probably not. I usually didn’t when I commuted by train. Sometimes I do travel longer distances by train, though, and I do reserve a seat, and in those cases I do expect that seat to be mine and mine alone for the duration of the trip, just like on an airplane.

      • rdclark says:

        Upon what do you base that expectation? Your reservation gives you the right to expect that they will let you on the train, and assuming that they do not permit standing, a place to sit, Even a specific place to sit. But unless there is a guarantee of comfort, your expectation of it is unwarranted.

  53. one800higgins says:

    When did he get fat enough to get kicked off a plane? Seriously, he’s never been a BIG guy.

    Airlines should just make fat seating.

  54. LuvJones says:

    I fly on a regular basis lately and I’ll be damned if a person of size is allowed to use my sit while I’m in it! I’m not a small woman, but I do fit. If and when ANYONE is sliding under or over the armrest (trust just because you can put it down doesn’t mean you’re only in the seat YOU paid for) I’m going to ring the call light. I paid for MY seat and I plan on using ALL of it…on my own!

    The airlines need to some up with a way to take care of this. I don’t want to embarrass anyone, but I will. I’ll be that bitch if I need to be. I don’t want some stranger and their girth laid on me, just ain’t happening…fatties (of which I am one) can be mad. But let’s face it, if you’re fat/big (which is your right) be prepared to make accommodation for your girth.

    • mythago says:

      If you RTFA, the flight was not full. They didn’t ask Smith to move to a seat next to an empty one so he wasn’t getting into anyone’s space.

  55. dkeen says:

    Seems like a lot of strong, uninformed opinions are being expressed. I suggest getting informed – read the FAQ on the policy:

    One thing I haven’t seen anyone mention: If you book the extra seat, and the flight isn’t full, you get a refund for that ticket.

    • mizmoose says:

      Except, as I found the last time I flew SW, their definition of “full” seems to vary. I’ve been told it’s “When we have oversold the flight and have to ask people to take another flight”, but that definition doesn’t always seem to stick true.

    • Morte42 says:

      He lowered both armrests and the flight wasn’t full. Can you explain it to me now?

      • dkeen says:

        The flight was full. Not sure where you’re getting your facts.

        Ironically, KS followed the exact procedure Southwest recommended (booking two seats, with the expectation of getting a refund if the second one isn’t necessary). He switched to standby on a flight that was full. If he booked two seats in the first place, why is he suddenly up in arms when someone says he’ll need two seats? Does that come as a surprise?

  56. DTisay says:

    Southwest was probably right to kick him off the flight. It isn’t fair when a person buys a seat and a fat person tries to squeeze into one, admittedly small, seat and oozes over into the other person’s space. That’s a pretty miserable way to fly for both people. If you can’t fit in one seat, buy two. Duh.

  57. Eticus says:

    any one remember how much comfort the planes had in the late 70s?

    • varro says:

      I was a kid then, so I don’t know about the room, but I do know they allowed smoking on the planes then, and smoking is an excellent way to keep thin, like Troy McClure’s self-help book says.

  58. ChicagoAndy says:

    The biggest mistake the airlines are making is not communicating clear policies.

    I travel a lot, and I can assure you that there is nothing more miserable than being stuck sitting beside someone who doesn’t fit in their seats. I’m thrilled that the airlines have started enforcing policies that require people to purchase a second seat if they don’t reasonably fit in a single one.

    Trying to cram an exceptionally large person into a normal sized seat just isn’t fair to the people who have to sit around them.

    Let’s also be honest about Kevin Smith – the man has gotten VERY large compared to when he was acting in Clerks. He’s got a serious weight problem and is very much obese. He recently was in the press when his weight broke a toilet he was trying to use.

    There is not a single person reading these forums that would not be struggling to sit in the seat beside him. The only reason any of us would be willing to do it would be because we’re stargazing, and hoping to strike up a conversation with the man.

    The fact that he’s famous? I give props to Southwest for enforcing this policy even against a famous person. No matter how famous Kevin is, it still isn’t fair to the person who has to sit beside him.

    What Southwest should be doing is taking a few moments to ensure their policies are clear, and fairly applied.

    • mizmoose says:

      Wall-mounted toilets will snap off the wall for any weight more than 250 lbs. Now, that might mean someone who alone weighs 250 lbs, but it can also mean someone who weighs far less and drops onto the toilet suddenly. Say, for example, someone swinging themselves onto the toilet from a wheelchair.

      For some reason people think 250 lbs is “exceptionally large” but it’s really not that big. Most people have no real concept of what real people’s weights look like, which is part of why there is such a problem with body image.

    • JuliB says:

      I travel every week on United and it is tough to sit next to someone big. That also means wide shoulders, since shoulders can be touching as well. FWIW, I HATE physical contact with strangers.

  59. newfenoix says:

    My first flight was when I was twelve in the mid ’70’s aboard a Braniff 727. I saw many very over weight people on that flight. I flew many times after that either to DFW or to Shreveport, always from Memphis. Fast forward to my army days in the ’80’s and I was flying ALL THE TIME, usually on Republic Airlines. Once again, many, many obese folks and VERY friendly and polite flight crew.

    My most recent flight was two years ago from DFW to Cancun via Mexico City. American Airlines to and from Mexico City. Rude, nasty flight crew. Mexicana Airlines between Mexico City and Cancun. Polite flight crew. A meal was served although the flight was less than two hours and an all around pleasant experience.

    I do not understand why business allow things like this to happen. When I was in business school, we were taught that business were in business to make money, not to create massive PR nightmares. And as a pilot, I know that the engines used today are lighter, more powerful than those used in the ’80’s. So, if a 727 could carry 50 obese passengers in 1986 why can’t a much more powerful 737, 757, MD80 or Airbus do so today?

  60. Hakib says:

    Sorry folks, I have to agree with Southwest on this one. (And by the way, “Size-ist”? How degrading to racists and sexists…)

    The consumer jets of today, unfortunately, were not designed to accommodate people who are the size of 2 or 3 persons. Even if someone like Kevin Smith can “fit comfortably” in a coach-class seat, if that person is overflowing onto my seat, then it has decreased my comfort considerably. In the same way that I wouldn’t want to sit beside a smoker (because their smoke invades my personal space), I don’t want to sit beside someone who can’t fit in the seat (because the physical boundaries of their person invades my personal space).

    It’s hard to quantify “how big is too big” to use a single seat, and perhaps Kevin James is petite-enough to fit in the chair well enough without invading anyone else’s personal space… but at a certain point, it’s just rude to assume that you can take up more of the seat than someone else, and think no one else should mind.

    Maybe we should add a few rows of “plus size seats” in the airplanes. Maybe like, every 10 rows of 3-across chairs, we have one row of 2-across. If you’re over 300 lbs, then you automatically get put in one of those chairs. No extra fee, just less choice in seat arrangement. Either that or you purchase 2 seats.

  61. Good43 says:

    I think the doors of the SWA planes should be cut outs like that “Hole in the Wall” game show. If you can’t pass through you can’t get on.

  62. razremytuxbuddy says:

    The fact that Southwest will kick off a foul-mouthed overweight publicity whore, makes me continue to want to fly Southwest. This is not a blame-the-OP. The guy is rude and overweight. There’s no way I’d ever want to be stuck by him on an airplane. Southwest did the right thing; I hope they stand by their actions as well as the SWA employees who took the action.

  63. catalina19671967 says:

    I think Southwest owes him a lot more than a $100 Voucher and an apology, Southwest is the last airline I would consider buying a ticket from right now and yes I’m telling all my friends of every size to take their business elsewhere. They need to get ready to see their ticket sales go down and hopefully another airline will learn from their mistake and let people of size know they are actually welcome to travel on their airline without being in fear of being humiliated and discriminated against while travelling. Kathy Hernandez-Club Catalina-San Diego

  64. LostTurntable says:

    Fuck yea! Now maybe people will take these kind of BS policies more serious! AS I’ve said many many times before I am a large man, both in weight and height. and I CANNOT sit down in coach in any SW flight. Not because I’m fat, but because I’m too tall. It’s not my fault I’m too tall. They do nothing to help me and everytime I’m forced to sit with my legs sticking out into the aisle I’m defintely causing a flight risk. However, since it’s THEIR FAULT and not mine, they won’t do anything about it. Funny how they decide to if they can easily pin the blame on someone else.

  65. KaneRobot says:

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  66. catalina19671967 says:

    I think Southwest owes him a lot more than a $100 Voucher and an apology, Southwest is the last airline I would consider buying a ticket from right now and yes I’m telling all my friends of every size to take their business elsewhere. They need to get ready to see their ticket sales go down and hopefully another airline will learn from their mistake and let people of size know they are actually welcome to travel on their airline without being in fear of being humiliated and discriminated against while travelling. Kathy Hernandez-Club Catalina-San Diego

  67. MoonliteSonata says:

    I listened to the whole story on Smodcast. What a crock of crap that SWA is passing off on people.
    I won’t fly with them, ever again. I’d rather drive than to fund a company who will not allow people their dignity- where humiliation is company policy.
    Or, perhaps I could offer my services in teaching their employees a few things about customer service, and adhering to standards and practices without allowing personal interpretation, since they obviously don’t know how to treat anyone. If they’d do this to him, how would you as a non-celebrity expect to be treated?
    I’d never in a million years expect Mr.Smith to accept what they hand him in apology , since they cannot give him or his fellow passenger their dignity back, or erase the humiliation.

  68. MoonliteSonata says:

    “Employees explained why the decision was made, accommodated Mr. Smith on a later flight, and issued him a $100 Southwest travel voucher for his inconvenience.”

    I heard he refused to accept that voucher, as his dignity is worth more than a lousy $100. That’s chump change, even to ME, when compared to the value of my dignity and not even close to enough to repay the public humiliation… and I’m unemployed.

  69. savdavid says:

    When you are an airline, you know you own the FAA so you do what you want. Period.

  70. MissMostlyMittens says:

    I know the Captain is responsible for “the safety and comfort of all customers”, but It’s freakin Oakland to Burbank Not JFK to LAX. Total time making the person next to him uncomfortable…15 minutes. Geez, their statement just makes them sound inept. Create better policies and hire people with better judgment, period.

  71. baristabrawl says:

    My fat partner and I chose not to fly with Southwest because they have a history of kicking fat people off the plane. He’s fat. I bet they wouldn’t let him fly. But maybe they will, now.

    I honestly think that someone at Southwest is fat-phobic or something. There has to be a reason for this. Then to get on another Southwest flight and be just fine? No.

  72. ogman says:

    He’s nothing but a fat publicity hound. I mean c’mon, what’s a Hollywood director doing on Southwest, if not trying to stir up trouble and get some attention on the cheap. I used to have a little respect for Smith, but that’s all gone now. He’s a jackass! Even worse, the fat bastard could actually afford to follow airline policy and buy the second seat. Instead, he tried the faux poor me bullshit and whined on twitter. Complete f-tard!

    • LostTurntable says:

      He lives in LA and was flying to San Fran, SW has hourly flights for that. It’s the logical choice no matter how much money you make.

      Of course you would have known that if you followed the story, but you like to whine and complain and make assumptions. Stay classy.

  73. JanetCarol says:

    I bet this weeks smodcast will be interesting.

  74. mantari says:

    I’m sorry, but as someone who has flown next to someone who was oozing out of his own seat and into my own, I have to say that I appreciate the enforcement of this policy by the airlines.

  75. Kid Awesome says:

    LOL $100. Apperently Southwest think’s people dignity can be purchased for so little. I know airline companies don’t really value people who pay to use their services but we are human beings you know. With feelings.

    I love Southerwest but obviously they are not immune to poor decisions and rediculous PR replies.

  76. vladthepaler says:

    Southwest doesn’t seem to be in the wrong here.

  77. wkm001 says:

    Why is Kevin Smith not flying first class? The seats are way bigger there. Can we just get an extra class of seats? A little more room and slightly more expensive than coach. More than just heavy people would purchase these seats.

  78. MadonnaAthos says:

    What happens if they book three fat guys next to each other?

    BTW, he doesn’t look that fat, but we can only see his face.

  79. KixStar says:

    Get Kevin Smith’s entire side of the story in his latest SModcast.

    It’s an hour and a half long, but if you’re bored and like Kevin Smith, it’s worth it.

    From what he says, SWA’s “response” sounds like BS.

  80. Sky75 says:

    FWIW, Kevin mentioned on twitter that the apology SW gave him was half-assed at best. They never called him directly, although they said that did, and they said he regularly buys two seats – which he said was untrue. The reason he had two seats on the first flight was because his wife was supposed to join him and then didn’t at the last minute.

    I think the problem is that airplanes are simply not designed for human beings. I posted earlier that i just got off a flight where I was seated next to a broad-shouldered guy and spent the entire 7 hrs. 33 minutes crushed against the wall and getting elbowed because he encroached on my space, yet he was in no way remotely out of normal human dimensions. I understand the argument that we’re not entitled to be comfortable, but if that’s your belief then you have no right to say fat people can’t squeeze in next to you either. I think it makes far more sense to have a little extra room so that people can breathe.

  81. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    HAH! That $100 Southwest LUV Voucher is their solution to EVERYTHING. They forgot to deboard in Austin and flew me all the way to California. Do Not Fly.

  82. msbask says:

    I don’t think anyone is reading the update. Consumerist should have posted the update as a separate story so that people could see that he did buy two seats, but switched to an earlier flight that had only one seat available.

    To me, that means he was well aware that his size required two seats and that he absolutely was sitting next to someone who was probably put out by being squished into their seat, seeing as the earlier flight was full.

    Earlier posters thought he was on a flight that wasn’t full so Southwest just threw him off even though he wasn’t encroaching on someone else’s space.

    • Flourless Algernon says:

      He said he bought two seats for the privacy bubble which I believe. if you fly out of Burbank or LAX all you have to do is scan the plane for the center seat empty to find the celebrity in the window seat beside it. Actors don’t want to talk to you and can afford the isolation wall.

  83. meowgirl says:

    While I have mixed feelings about SouthwestAir’s policy about large passengers, I don’t think they can hide behind it in this case. I listened to Kevin Smith’s podcast ( where he recounted the entire ordeal. it sure sounds like more than one SWA staffer in the Oakland Airport mishandled his situation. He was not having trouble fitting into the seat. Yes, he was trying to get the last remaining seat on an fully booked flight. But he is not that oversized. He does NOT buy two seats cuz of his size, it’s cuz he likes to have some distance from the public. Southwest took the fact he likes a little room and made it part of its rationale in its blog entry, which was totally lame and off the mark.

    I have tix to fly SWA with my husband in April. I am both taller and heavier than average (although by no means obese) and my husband is a stocky guy. We are growing a little worried about the random nature of SWA’s imposition of a vaguely worded (at best) questionable policy and whether we will make it to our destination. SWA, whom I’ve typically respected in customer service situations really blew it here, and it’s too bad that the major networks are missing an angle in their reporting.

  84. proscriptus says:

    From a comment at the Telegraph–by a large person–

    “It’s just that this XXXLprimadonna obviously thought he was too famous to have to tick the fat box.”

  85. brianguyy says:

    dude got $100 to fly on the flight he originally booked instead of the one he chose to ride standby. stupid.

    SWA should have just made it clear that if you book 2 seats and fly standby, they HAVE to have 2 seats available or can’t seat you on that flight, because of the difficulty of re-booking you on the later flight should the 2 standby seats not become available.

    seems pretty clear and obvious to me. the dude is all bent out of shape essentially over nothing. why is this guy flying SWA anyway… boggles the mind.

  86. Thanatos says:

    This is an Oakland to Burbank flight, it’s an hour and 30 minute flight, AT MOST. How much “inconvenience” can this cause the passenger next to him!?

    Heck, I wouldn’t mind being “inconvenienced” to sit next to Kevin Smith for an hour or so. It’s probably the most excitement that passenger will ever have in their life anyway. Kevin Smith would be doing the passenger a favor.

    • htowninsomniac says:

      I wouldn’t. It’s nice that you, Kevin Smith and all the fat people think you can make the decision who I want to share my seat with for me.

  87. shoppe says:

    We’ve got to stop this PC trend of attempting to accept and normalize obesity. Either stop eating shit and lose some frigging weight or pay for however many seats are required (preferably far away from me) and shut the hell up.

  88. SonofFlubber says:

    Ahh, the “Fatty,” the last living acceptable target of prejudice, bigotry, and down-right juvenile bullying in these United States of the Self Absorbed. Thank God for the “Fatty,” or we would have no one left upon whom we could exorcise our fears, our thinly veiled self-loathing, or our culturally overdeveloped sense of self-righteousness.

    Why the temerity! Imagine the horror of an unattractively large individual impinging slightly on MY personal space! Never mind that the seats on airplanes are shrinking noticeably. Never mind that the airlines still serve alcohol to the bleary-eyed sloppy drunk across the aisle. Never mind that obnoxious children under the age of 28 are still allowed to fly. Never mind that we have to make room for the nervous flyer with the demitasse bladder who needs to get up and pee 12 times in a forty minute flight. No, the real impediment to my aerial enjoyment is not the legroom fit for a double amputee, it is the Fatty.

    Shame on you Fat Person! Shame on you for not fitting the incredibly shallow, venal, anorexic, mold to which all genuine human-beings aspire. Have you never read a popular magazine? Have you seen no episodes of popular reality TV? Have you never shopped for clothing in this country? How can you live, unaware of the simple fact that we Americans deserve nothing less than for you to lose weight or stop showing up in public! It is our right and we demand it!

    You Fatties just better stop being fat or so help me, we will institute a class action law suit against all of you and force you to stay indoors, with the curtains drawn, where we don’t have to look at anyone who doesn’t run 27 mile every day or hasn’t had just the right amount of plastic surgery. Fatty, you have been warned!

  89. f3rg says:

    Smells like a big, fat publicity stunt to me. He was probably being obnoxious, got kicked off, then reported it as though they kicked him off for being too fat. Does he have any new movies or books being released in the next few weeks? If so, there’s your answer.

  90. MeanLittleBlackLady says:

    I think about 50 of us fatasses should book a flight and all actually show up. Southwest Airlines collective asshole would slam shut. Would they kick off all 50 of us or just 49? Maybe we should start our own airline and call it BigAss Air and our motto could be “we’ll fly your fat ass any where in the world, one at a time…”

  91. CyberSkull says:

    Yeah, Smith is fat. But he’s not that fat, unless he’s gained another 100lbs since I last saw him.