LOS ANGELES - Southwest Airlines removed director Kevin Smith from a flight to Burbank, California, because he cannot fit comfortably and safely in a single seat.
The airline's "Customer of Size" policy requires passengers who cannot fit in a single seat to make alternate arrangements.
"I know I'm fat," Smith, 39, wrote in his Twitter blog, "but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"
"I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk'," he maintained, adding "what, I was gonna roll on a fellow passenger?"
Southwest later seated him on another flight, gave him a $100 voucher, and apologized for the inconvenience.
From his seat, Smith posted a picture of himself, his cheeks puffed out.
"Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off" he wrote.
Upon landing, he added, "Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised."
According to the airline, Smith originally purchased his usual two seats, but when he decided to fly standby, only one seat was available.
Smith is the director of the films "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy," often appearing in his movies as a character named Silent Bob.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.