Man says he was kicked off flight after passenger next to him complained about his size

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A California man says American Airlines kicked him off a flight after the passenger seated next to him complained about his size.

Chris Shelley said his nightmare began after he boarded a flight from Dallas to Orange County on Friday.

He says an elderly petite woman sat in the aisle seat next to him.

“She was clearly not particularly happy, got up left and went toward the front of the aircraft,” Shelley said. 

An employee with the airlines then told him he needed to deplane immediately.

According to Shelley the employee told him the woman seated next to him complained he was too big for his seat.

“The worst part was being treated as if I was some sort of criminal. Not only a criminal but a fat criminal,” said Shelley. “They told me anyone over two inches in the seat cannot sit in the aircraft.

Shelley asked the employee if the woman next to him would switch seats and she agreed. He allowed back on the plane and was given the aisle seat instead.

American Airlines said it has sent Shelley two letters apologizing for what happened and has launched an investigation.