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Friday, September 2, 2011

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Expelled from Southwest Flight for Sagging His Pants

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, in better-belted times. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, in better-belted times.

Safe to say your Labor Day weekend is off to a better start than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's: On Thursday night, Armstrong was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for sagging his pants.

Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the fuck? No joke!less than a minute ago via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

"What the fuck! No joke!" Armstrong Tweeted Thursday night about the incident, which occurred while he was on a flight from Oakland to Burbank.

KGO/ABC7 producer Cindy Qiu was on the flight, and saw Armstrong get kicked off. She told ABC:

"Basically, all the passengers were already seated, we were ready to go, they had already told us to start to turn our cellphones off," she said.

Qiu said that Armstrong was approached by a flight attendant and told to pull his pants up. Armstrong initially dismissed the request, asking, "Don't you have better things to do then worry about that?" When the flight attendant repeated the request and threatened to have Armstrong removed from the plane, Armstrong relied "I'm just trying to get to my f**king seat."

Armstrong and the person he was traveling with were then removed from the flight.

Hilariously, Southwest later responded to Armstrong's Tweet:

@BJAofficial  Very sorry for your experience tonight, someone from our Customer Relations Team will reach out to you to get more details.less than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet Reply

We put a call in to Southwest to find out what they were thinking, and we'll let you know if we hear anything.

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