Kevin Smith Flies Southwest For the First Time Since 'Too Fat' Flight Debacle, Chronicles Journey With NSFW Tweets

by Emily Krauser 2:25 PM PDT, May 21, 2016
Photo: Twitter

What turbulence? Six years after getting into an altercation with Southwest over being "too fat to fly," Kevin Smith has flown with the airline once again... by accident.

The 45-year-old director was trying to get from Nashville, Tennessee, to Planet Comicon, a comic book convention in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday when his Delta flight got delayed.

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Realizing he wouldn't make it to the convention on time unless he took a different flight, Smith did the one thing no one could have anticipated -- he boarded a Southwest plane.

He was clearly very happy about it.

The fact that Smith dared to fly on the airline he quite publicly hated says something about his dedication to his fans and prior commitments, but it also didn't stop him from being quite wary about jumping behind enemy lines. "OK @SouthwestAir. Haven't been in you since our incident years back," he tweeted. "But you're my only option to get to @PlanetComicon now. So let's dance."

He even took photos with his row-mates, who seemed quite happy to have Smith seated between them.

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At the end of the flight, the Jay and Silent Bob creator took a shocked photo proving that he had made it to the Midwest without any further incident. "We did it! Thanks to @SouthwestAir, I'm finally in #KansasCity! Strange bedfellows indeed! Now on to @PlanetComicon!" he wrote.

Later that evening, he thanked fans at Planet Comicon for "making my day less s**tty" after such a bizarre day.

Not only did he break his own rule to get to Kansas City, he actually flew Southwest again on Saturday after leaving the convention.

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As for Southwest? The airline seemed quite happy to welcome Smith back.

Back in 2010, Smith went on a Twitter rant explaining that he normally books two seats due to his size but could only get one when he had to switch to a standby seat on a different Southwest flight, which he was subsequently booted from, reportedly for due to his size.

At the time, Smith tweeted, "I'm way fat. But I'm not THERE yet."

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There's no wrath like that of a Jersey boy's!

The original debacle is actually what encouraged Smith to lose weight. In fact, last year, he revealed he had lost 85 pounds. Find out more in the video below.