Leisha Hailey Kicked Off Southwest Flight
Leisha Hailey accuses the airline of homophobia and calls for a boycott
She kissed a girl – and says Southwest Airlines didn’t like it.
Actress Leisha Hailey, who starred on the Showtime series The L Word, went on a Twitter tirade Monday, furiously alleging that she and her girlfriend were escorted off of a Southwest flight for kissing each other.
“I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir,” Hailey Tweeted. “Flt. attendant said that it was a “family” airline and kissing was not ok.”
Criticizing the airline for staffing “homophobic employees,” Hailey, 40, added: “Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as ‘family.’ I know plenty of wonderful same sex families I would like to introduce them to. Boycott @SouthwestAir if you are gay. They don’t like us.”
The airline posted a statement late Monday, saying: “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 statement continued. “The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”
This isn’t the first incident involving celebrities flying on Southwest. Last year, actor-director Kevin Smith was booted from a flight after the airline told him he was too large to safely occupy one seat. And just weeks ago, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong said he was removed from a flight because his pants sagged too low.
But, hey, at least bags fly free.