What’s up with airlines these days? Is it just me, or have the flight attendants become more snobby and just plain rude? I like to fly Virgin America, but I’m really getting tired of the gate and flight attendant attitudes. I have seen one passenger get kicked off because he didn’t put his lap top away fast enough, other flight attendants too busy yapping to care about taking care of the passengers, or others just giving you attitude as if it’s a privledge to fly their airline.
Now, it looks like friendly Southwest Airlines, may have a lawsuit on their hands. Why? They kicked the director Kevin Smith off an airline for being too fat. Really? He’s not that big, give me a break.
LA Times Reports:
Director Kevin Smith has sparked a debate about airline policies toward obese passengers after he says he was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank this weekend for being too heavy.
The “Clerks” director sent out a series of Twitter messages detailing the events and expressing outrage that he was told by airline employees to leave the plane even though he insisted that he fit in his seat.
“I know I’m fat, but was [the airline] really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?” he wrote. “I broke no regulation, offered no ‘safety risk.’ ”
Smith said the incident took place Saturday and that he was eventually able to make it to L.A. on another Southwest flight.
Southwest issued an apology to Smith on its Twitter feed. “We are sincerely sorry for your travel experience on Southwest Airlines,” the airline added in a statement. An organization called the National Assn. to Advance Fat Acceptance has called for a boycott of Southwest.
Seriously? Why let him on the plane, just too humilate him. Also, why was he able to fly home on another Southwest flight? Obviously, the Southwest airline employee needs to have their butt suspended, or possibly they need to be retrained. I guess they didn’t recognize who he was. The airlines seriously need to start checking their employees. It seems they are becoming more insensitive and a little bit too power hungry.
Hopefully, this incident will encourage positive debate on treating people with weight issues with more respect. We love you Kevin.