Silent Bob chose the wrong time to speak up. Southwest Airlines ( LUV) apologized to movie director Kevin Smith on Monday after he was removed from a plane he had boarded at Oakland International Airport because he was too big for his seat. As a part of its "Customer of Size" policy, the Dallas airline requires oversized passengers to purchase two seats if they are unable to fit in one and lower both armrests. Smith, who created and portrayed a non-speaking character called Silent Bob in movies including Clerks and Mallrats, protested his treatment via Twitter.
"Dear @SouthwestAir I know I'm fat, but was the captain ... really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?" wrote Smith in the first of many Tweets following the incident. Smith maintained he did fit in his seat and was in fact able to lower both armrests. Come on Kevin. We understand you were ticked off about the inconvenience, but even your alter ego would admit that whining and typing is not the smartest way to strike back. At most, it will get you a first class ticket to becoming the butt of late night jokes -- and an oversized one at that. Dumb-o-meter score: 75 -- Southwest gave Smith a $100 travel voucher for his troubles. Hopefully the Mallrat will take this episode to heart and not spend it at the food court.