Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Maybe I should just not bother with that whole flying thing

Now that that dreadful day has passed I'm back.

Last month I commented on how being a person of color means one is going to blow up a plane and that being male means one is going to molest children on a plane. Maybe their line of thought is that if too many big people get on the plane at once it will not be able to lift off or worse cause the plane to crash one in the air. Whatever the reason Southwest Airlines concluded that director Kevin Smith was too fat to take one of their flights last week.
Smith, 39, originally purchased two tickets "as he's been known to do when traveling Southwest," the airline noted, but when he decided to fly standby on an earlier flight, only one seat remained. Although he had been seated, he was asked to leave.
So dude was already on the plane and in his seat and was later approached about getting off the flight. There's a few things that bother me.

First off from Southwest:
"If a customer cannot comfortably lower the armrest and infringes on a portion of another seat, a customer seated adjacent would be very uncomfortable and a timely exit from the aircraft in the event of an emergency might be compromised if we allow a cramped, restricted seating arrangement," Southwest said.
The article doesn't say anything about the two people he was sitting between (or person he was sitting beside) complaining about him encroaching on their space. Next are they really trying to argue that he is somehow going to get lodged into place in such a horrific manner that if disaster strikes he is not going to be able to get out of the way and will thus be responsible for the deaths of innocent people? Yeah.

Next what bothers me is that more than likely this is only getting attention is because it happened to a celebrity. If that had been me (or the guy that Smith saw on the plane that was actually larger than him) this would not have gotten anywhere near as much attention. Does this really mean that things like this are only a problem when it happens to certain people of that group? I wonder just how many people have tossed off of flights because they were too fat and we never heard about it.

But I suppose that just as we expected to back in school us fat guys are supposed to suffer in silence and just accept the treatment that we get as a result of our own actions. Lifeless. Slobbish. Unattractive. Unclean. No social life. Unable to get a date. Closeted. Low self esteem.

Maybe Southwest thought that Smith would just internalize their hatred towards him and not make any noise about it. Its good to see that he didn't.