Southwest Kicks Overweight Teen Off Flight, Apologizes

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An overweight 18-year-old says he was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight while heading to visit his family last week. The reason: He says he was told he is too big for one seat.

Timothy White was trying to travel from Chicago to visit his family in Minnesota, and boarded a plane only to be told he would need to buy an additional ticket because he was spilling into an adjacent seat, reports CNN.

White says he didn't have money for a second ticket, so had to leave the plane.

"That's crazy to me because there was only 60 people on the flight, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't taking up nobody else's space," White says. "Let me sit at least by myself."

White says he has never flown before.

Southwest has apologized for the incident, and has given the teenager a credit for another flight.

In June, the carrier booted a 110-pound Sacramento woman from a full Las Vegas flight to make way for a hefty teen who took up two seats.

Southwest also famously kicked overweight actor-director Kevin Smith off an Oakland-to-Burbank flight earlier this year because only one seat was available.

There has been much debate on how obese people should be seated on planes. There are no standard rules among carriers, although Southwest has established a policy that requires "passengers of size" purchase a second seat.

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