Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Actress Escorted Off Plane for Kissing Girlfriend
New York Daily News: Former "L Word" star Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend are calling for a boycott of Southwest Airlines, saying a flight attendant scolded them for mile high kissing.
"I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir," the 40-year-old tweeted. "Flt. attendant said that it was a 'family' airline and kissing was not ok." Hailey blasted the airline for hiring "homophobic employees" and called for a boycott and public apology.
Hailey and her girlfriend were travelling from Baltimore to St. Louis Monday when they started smooching mid-flight and were told to cool it. They were pulled aside by an attendant when the plane landed, Hailey said, and told their public display of affection was unacceptable on a "family" airline.
"Since when is showing affection toward 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," Hailey tweeted.
Southwest officials insist Hailey and her gal pal weren't singled out because they're lesbians. "We received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive," the statement said.
"Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender," it added. "The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight."
Hailey played bisexual journalist, Alice Pieszecki, in the Showtime series that features the lives of lesbian friends an lovers living in L.A.
Southwest Airlines came under the microscope earlier this month after an attendant tossed Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for wearing his pants too low. The airline eventually apologized.