Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif., on Thursday (Sept. 1) because of — wait for it — sagging pants.
Armstrong was reportedly waiting to put his bag in an overhead bin when a flight attendant asked him to pull up his pants.
“Don’t you have better things to do than worry about that?” Armstrong said. The flight attendant then repeated the request, according to an ABC affiliate producer who was on the flight.
Armstrong replied, “I’m just trying to get to my f—ing seat.”
The singer and his traveling companion were then removed from the flight. Soon after, Armstrong tweeted, “Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the f—? No joke!”
He took the next flight to Los Angeles.
Southwest, realizing the high-profile snafu, soon tweeted this apology: “”Very sorry for your experience tonight, someone from our Customer Relations Team will reach out to you to get more details.”
Southwest later released a fuller statement:
“As soon as we became aware of what had happened, we reached out to
apologize for this Customer’s experience. He elected to take the next
flight. We followed up with this Customer and involved Employees to get
more details and, in our latest conversations, understand from the
Customer the situation was resolved to his satisfaction.”
In 2010, actor/director Kevin Smith was kicked off of a Southwest flight for being too fat.