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Stranded by Delta, Kevin Smith makes amends with Southwest Airlines

Friendly skies indeed.


April Siese


Posted on May 21, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:59 pm CDT

Kevin Smith was just trying to make a gig.

He didn’t expect his trip to Kansas City for Planet Comic Con to turn into such an ordeal. And yet Smith was delayed for hours over an alleged malfunctioning smoke alarm on a Delta airplane.

Smith’s saga took an unexpected turn when he was left with just one option if he wanted to make his lone Planet Comic Con appearance. He could either cancel An Evening With Kevin Smith or take his first flight with Southwest Airlines in five years.The comedian and the airline butted heads in 2010 over Smith being bumped from flying standby. Owing to the fact that two seats were not available, Southwest had made a judgment call to exclude Smith from flying because they believed he would require more space than a single ticket allowed.

For their part, the airline did apologize and refund Smith for the flight. That mea culpa wasn’t exactly met with open arms. Smith hadn’t been on a Southwest flight since. Until now.

Smith made light of the previous incident, posting a selfie with his seatmates prior to takeoff.

He was able to make it to Planet Comic Con with nary a moment to spare. Smith had a smooth flight and Southwest was back in good graces with the him.

His quick trip to Kansas City resulted in yet another Southwest flight back home on Saturday. This time, it was by choice.

Delta has stayed totally silent throughout Smith’s ordeal. Looks like someone’s got a new favorite airline.

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*First Published: May 21, 2016, 1:45 pm CDT