CATEGORIES Movies
Kevin SmithKevin Smith, director of Clerks and Chasing Amy, is a maverick, an auteur, and a bit tubby. And it's the tubby part that's making headlines today after Smith was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight last Saturday for being a 'passenger of size'.

Smith apparently didn't fit (literally) Southwest's booking guidelines which say that passengers who are unable to lower both armrests when seated should book another seat because of complaints it has received from customers whose comfort has been ruined by the "encroachment of a large seatmate".

Southwest issued a swift apology - but not before Smith went to the celebrity soap box of choice, Twitter, and voiced his anger at his treatment to his 1.64 million followers. Kevin SmithKevin Smith, director of 'Clerks' and 'Chasing Amy,' is a maverick, an auteur and a bit tubby. And it's the tubby part that's making headlines today after Smith was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight last Saturday for being a "passenger of size."

Smith apparently didn't fit (literally) Southwest's booking guidelines which say that passengers who are unable to lower both armrests when seated should book another seat because of complaints it has received from customers whose comfort has been ruined by the "encroachment of a large seatmate."

Southwest issued a swift apology -- but not before Smith went to the celebrity soap box of choice, Twitter, and voiced his anger at his treatment to his 1.64 million followers.

He wrote: "Wanna tell me I'm too wide for the sky? Totally cool. But fair warning, folks: IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME, YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM @SOUTHWESTAIR." Later, he added: "I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)"

Smith, director of the new Bruce Willis movie 'Cop Out,' was eventually given a seat on a later flight to Burbank and described how he "didn't even need a seat belt extender to buckle up. Somehow, that shit fit over my 'safety concern' creating gut." He also posted a picture of himself sitting on the plane with his cheeks puffed out (see above).

As anyone that's ever seen one of his 'Evening with Kevin Smith' DVD's and/or spent several hours in the air stuck next to screaming children or comatose pensioners can agree, Smith seems like he would be an excellent travel partner, space consuming or not. We'd even let him share our peanuts.

You can keep up to date with his complaints by following @ThatKevinSmith and can hear the tale told by the man himself at www.smodcast.com/ (warning: almost certainly contains swearing).