Smith boarded a flight from Oakland to Burbank, Ca, but was soon escorted off the flight because he was encroaching upon the comfort of his fellow passengers.
"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.
Of course, Smith was not happy about it. The Mallrats director took to Twitter soon after with a series of rants.
"I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)" he wrote. "I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn't about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I'm being profiled. But he & I made eye contact, & he was like 'Please don't tell...'"
"Don't worry," he added. "[The] wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised."
Southwest Airlines said they called Smith to offer their "heartfelt apologies," but reiterated that his removal was for the "safety and comfort of all customers."
Smith has now joked he wants to start a boycott of the airlines, and says that he will try to never fly Southwest again.
"The SouthwestAir Diet. How it works: you're publicly shamed into a slimmer figure. Crying the weight right off has never been easier!"