I once flew from LA-NY with a huge man sitting next to me and his elbow in my stomach the entire flight. I was miserable but didn't know what to do. I'm appreciative of Southwest for having this policy and adhering to it, even for celebrity film directors. The vocal minority may be speaking out against this while the silent majority is very appreciative. Those with complaints should travel OAK-BUR next to Mr. Smith and see how comfortable they are ... or he is because they're likely his most devoted fans. I'm by no means a thin person but if anything, this should encourage Mr. Smith and other oversize people to address their size with diet, exercise and as their physician advises. As a recent LA Times article (Feb. 1) described, the American public is fed up with dealing with obese people. Mr. Smith's vulgar rants may limit ticket sales of his upcoming film more than driving away travelers from Southwest. I'm going on southwest.com now and booking a trip somewhere.
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