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Old 02-16-2010, 02:10 AM   #1
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Too fat to fly?

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For those who tweet, Kevin Smith has a hilarious story about just such a situation....
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I posted my reply before the pic showed up. Obviously this guy's size is going to be a problem in case of emergencies.
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For those who tweet, Kevin Smith has a hilarious story about just such a situation....
I still don't get that one at all.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:20 AM   #6
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For those who tweet, Kevin Smith has a hilarious story about just such a situation....

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Fat passenger sent off airline for not buying extra ticket!
16 February 2010, 09:56am IST

LOS ANGELES: An overweight passenger who required two air tickets to fly because of his heavy weight was thrown off a Southwest Airlines' flight
Saturday for refusing to buy the extra ticket.

Kevin Smith had the choice to either buy two tickets for himself or be kicked off the flight as he could not fit into a seat and lower his armrests. He refused to comply. The airline asked him to get off its flight from Oakland to Burbank despite his pleas that he can fit in his seat.

Outraged over his treatment by the airline, Smith tweeted his ordeal, saying, "I know I'm fat, but was (the airline) really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"

He insisted, "I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk.' ''

After his protests, the man was accommodated on another flight by the airline. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) sprang to Smith's support, condemning the airline for its discriminatory policies.

The body, which has been advocating rights of fat people since 1969, gave a call for boycott of the airline.

After the outrage, Southwest apologized to the passenger, saying, "We are sincerely sorry for your travel experience on Southwest Airlines.'' But the airline defended its weight policy, saying it has been in force for 25 years.

"The policy requires passengers that cannot fit safely and comfortably in one seat to purchase an additional seat while travelling,'' the airline was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times.

"This policy is not unique to Southwest Airlines and it is not a revenue generator. Most, if not all, carriers have similar policies, but unique to Southwest is the refunding of the second seat purchased (if the flight does not oversell), which is greater than any revenue made,'' the Southwest statement said.
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^That's not how the story went at all. So much misinformation out there. The media sucks. Listen to his podcast.

SModcast

Or read his tweets from the past few days.

http://twitter.com/ThatKevinSmith

Or his blog:

http://silentbobspeaks.com/?p=393
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i think he's just tall.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:25 AM   #9
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He just needs to buy two tickets because the women on either side of him had to lean away. He is not too fat to fly

He is too fat to fly in one seat.
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Kevin Smith's pre-'Fatgate' admission: 'I broke a toilet.' | 24 Frames | Los Angeles Times

"Fatgate" is amazing.
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Ironic that the luggage allowance is the same for everyone, eh?
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:37 AM   #12
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I remember we had a thread about this years ago, but then I heard Soutwest backed off this policy for awhile, but I read Kevin's story yesterday and was left scratching my head.

It's a fact of life that some people take up more space than others, and if you are spilling over into someone else's space something needs to be done.

Now I haven't seen Kevin Smith in awhile, but he said he was able to lower both armrests, so I'm not sure what exactly is going on...
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:50 AM   #13
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He just didn't mention that it were the armrests of the seats next to his.
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This clip is from the Airline show that was on A&E. This episode addresses the too fat to fly.

YouTube - Airline TV Show S1E11 You Must Be Kidding? (2/3)
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What about when you go to a concert or a sporting event and the person next to you "spills over"-they don't make people buy two seats and just like an airplane, you can't move if there aren't available seats (unlike a plane even if there are available seats, for ticketed events usually they won't let you move). That has happened to me and it's very uncomfortable, especially in an old ballpark with very small seats and a very small amount of room. I suppose maybe you could go to someone and tell them that you're next to a large person and you need to move, but I've never done that. I guess it's not something I feel comfortable doing. They don't make people buy two seats in those situations-and you are trapped there sometimes just like you are on a plane.
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