Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight on Thursday because of having saggy pants, according to reports. The lead vocalist/guitarist for the American punk rock band thought it was going to be just another routine flight from Oakland to Burbank, but things went sour when a stewardess told Armstrong that he needed to hike his pants higher prior to flight takeoff.
Cindy Qiu, an ABC7 San Francisco producer who was on the flight, noted that Armstrong initially said that he was just trying to get his “f–king seat” and asked if there were “better things [for the stewardess] to do than worry about [his pants].”
That didn’t scare the stewardess away, however, as she told him that if he didn’t comply, he could be ejected from the flight, but Armstrong didn’t listen and he and his partner who was on the same flight were then removed from the flight.
Naturally, he took to his Twitter account to talk about the mishap. “Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the f──? No joke!” he wrote.
Southwest, seeing the negative publicity that it was generating, then issued a statement saying that Armstrong would be allowed to board the next flight to Burbank.
“As soon as we became aware of what had happened, we reached out to apologize for this Customer’s experience,” the statement by Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said. “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.”