According to the Associated Press, the 39-year-old — Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day — was approached by a Southwest flight attendant as the plane was getting ready to depart from Oakland to Burbank and asked him to hike his pants higher:
“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.”
Armstrong took to his Twitter account to complain: “Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! What the fuck? No joke!”
A Southwest spokesman released a statement saying Armstrong was allowed onto the next flight to Burbank and had told a customer relations agent who contacted him he had no further complaints.