I think what this really comes down to is what Not Buying It said.
"Why does the captain get to make a subjective judgment?"
Kevin said via Twitter, "I flew out AND back IN ONE SEAT..." Why was he then only too fat for this one flight/pilot?
Up until today I, like a lot of people, flew almost exclusively Southwest Airlines coach. I can fit in between the arm rests fine but I for one am too tall for those tiny seats.
Hey Southwest, want to earn my business back? Start forcing very short/small people to fly at least one class higher and call it your "highly evolved" policy. This way you can afford to take a couple rows of seats out for us fatties and tall people to stretch out back in coach.
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