September 3, 2011 in Nation/World

Baggy pants cost singer his seat

Associated Press
 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says his sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight.

The singer-guitarist for the San Francisco Bay area band sent a message to his Twitter followers Thursday expressing his indignation at being tossed from an Oakland-to-Burbank flight for wearing his trousers too low.

“Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! … No joke!” he wrote.

An ABC7 news producer who was on the same flight told the station that a flight attendant approached Armstrong as the plane was getting ready to take off and asked him to hike his pants higher. The producer, Cindy Qiu, says Armstrong initially responded by asking the attendant if there weren’t “better things to do than worry about that?”

But the attendant persisted and told Armstrong he could be ejected for his refusal to comply. When Armstrong insisted he was just trying to get to his seat, he and a traveling companion were taken off the plane.

Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins released a statement saying Armstrong was allowed onto the next flight to Burbank.

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