Leisha Hailey (Alice from Showtime’s The L Word) says Southwest Airlines escorted her off of her flight from Baltimore to St. Louis on Monday for kissing her girlfriend.
Hailey tweeted the following around 4 pm yesterday from her handle @Leisha_Hailey:
I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a “family” airline and kissing was not ok.
According to USAToday.com, a flight attendant told them other passengers had complained after witnessing the kissing. And once on the ground, Hailey was walked off the plane with Southwest crew as the conversation got heated.
Hailey is now calling for a boycott of the airline tweeting the following:
She also tweeted from the handle of her band with girlfriend/singer Camila Grey, @UhHuhHerMusic, comparing the slight to incidents other stars have experienced with Southwest, including Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong (chastised by Southwest for having slouchy pants) and filmmaker Kevin Smith (removed from a flight because he didn’t fit into one of their seats).
So far, Southwest has had a mixed response, first tweeting back to @HuHuhHerMusic, “I’m so sorry! Can you please follow/DM me more details so we can get to the bottom of this? Thanks!” then releasing the following official statement about the incident:
Statement Regarding Southwest Airlines Customers Removed from Flight 2274
Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight. We regret any circumstance where a passenger does not have a positive experience on Southwest and we are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectations.
Look, I don’t know what really happened on the flight, but it does smell like Southwest definitely didn’t need to go out of their way to make this an issue. What I think* probably happened was: They were making out, “offended” a few people around them who either don’t like gay people or don’t like PDA, and those people found a stewardess who agreed with them enough to say something. Then Southwest had to scramble and figure out how to diffuse the whole situation, which they really kind of didn’t since no one is saying what the couple actually did to offend people. (Describing it as “excessive behavior” doesn’t exactly clear things up).
The whole thing makes me long for a REALLY!?? With Seth and Amy segment on SNL. If Leisha and her gf were stripping down to their underwear, dry humping, or simulating sex, it’s one thing. Making kissy noises and acting loving towards each other is quite another. And yes, for those of us who don’t love PDA or hate seeing happy couples, it can be annoying, but I highly doubt these two were the first couple to make out on a flight. Overall, Southwest comes off looking like a really prim grandmother, complaining about baggy jeans and homo-sex-shu-awl activity. At best, they can simply apologize for the flight attendant; at worst, they do nothing and deal with seeming like the Michele Bachmann of Airlines.
* Based only on cobbled together Internet pieces
*UPDATE* Uh Huh Her (Leisha and Camila) have released an official statement about the incident.