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'Too fat to fly' flap: apology for film director Kevin Smith

Movie director Kevin Smith fumed on Twitter after he was bounced from a commercial flight because he was deemed to big to fit in the seat. He later got an apology, Twitter-style.

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Over the weekend, film director Kevin Smith (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”) was escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight to Burbank, Calif., because he was deemed too big to fit in the seat.

Mr. Smith – the independent filmmaker known for his foul-mouthed comedies – took to Twitter to express his outrage to his 1.6 million followers, saying he “passed the stinkin’ armrest test” but was forced to leave the plane anyway. (Southwest, as well as other airlines, maintain that a passenger must buy a second seat if he or she can’t fit with the armrests down without encroaching on seatmates.) Smith had purchased two seats for a later flight, but was flying standby and there were no additional seats available. (On Twitter, Smith said he bought the two seats not because of his size, but because he prefers privacy while flying.)

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