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Kevin Smith: Too fat to fly?

Posted by Jason Tuohey  February 16, 2010 07:55 AM

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Comedian Artie Lange recently wrote a book called "Too Fat to Fish." If comedic filmmaker Kevin Smith ever moves from screenplays to hardcover, his title might be "Too Fat to Fly."

That was the scenario for Smith, the creator of "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy," who was reportedly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight because he weighed too much. Smith tweeted shortly after the incident:

Dear @SouthwestAir - I know I'm fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?

Give Southwest credit for a quick response to a potential crisis. The airline apologized yesterday to Smith, gave him a $100 voucher, and issued a statement on its blog.

This isn't the first time Southwest has come under the lens for holding its passengers to a curiously high standard. College student and Hooters waitress Kyla Ebbert was reportedly asked to either change or get off a 2007 flight because her outfit was too revealing.

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