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Saggy pants get Green Day singer kicked off Southwest plane

September 3, 2011 |  8:30 am


Green Day lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong was pulled off a Burbank-bound jet for wearing his pants too low, prompting an apology from Southwest Airlines.

The incident occurred Thursday night on a Southwest flight at the Oakland airport.

A producer for KGO-TV Channel 7 was on the flight and witnessed the incident. Cindy Qiu told the station that before takeoff, a flight attendant asked Armstrong to pull up his pants.

Armstrong, she said, responded, "Don't you have better things to do than worry about that?" When the flight attendant repeated the request and threatened to have Armstrong removed from the plane, Armstrong replied, "I'm just trying to get to my ... seat."

Armstrong tweeted about the incident, saying: "Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low!"

On Friday, Southwest released a statement: "As soon as we became aware of what had happened, we reached out to apologize for this Customer's experience." The airline said Armstrong took the next available flight.


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Photo: Armstrong in concert. Credit: Los Angeles Times