Kevin Smith's outsized outrage

Saturday, February 20, 2010

It was reported in the Feb. 16 Names & Faces feature that filmmaker Kevin Smith, who admits that he is "way fat," was not allowed on a Southwest Airlines flight because his size would require that he occupy more than one seat.

Let me get this straight: There was only one seat left on the flight. Since it was a Southwest flight, it probably was a middle seat. That would mean that Mr. Smith felt he had the right to take up space already occupied by two other passengers. When Southwest decided to protect those two people, Mr. Smith "tweeted" on the Southwest Twitter page about his plight, taking the airline to task.

What an arrogant, self-entitled outlook. What about the rights of those already occupying the other two seats into which he would intrude? And now Southwest feels obligated to apologize?

Steve Izant, Crownsville

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