According to her Twitter page, L-Word star Leisha Hailey is tweeting about being “booted” from a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend.
Hailey was allegedly removed from a flight earlier today for kissing her girlfriend, claiming the flight attendant said Southwest is a “family” airline, insinuating such behavior is antithetical to being ‘family-friendly.’
Hailey took to her Twitter feed, @Leisha_Hailey, and accused the airline of discrimination.
According to the Dallas Voice, Southwest has released a statement about the incident which occurred on a flight between El Paso to LAX.
“Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive,” the statement read in part. “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 expectation.”
The full statement can be found here.
A Southwest Airlines representative apparently tweeted back, apologizing for the incident, and asking she privately contact the company.
“We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue,” one of Hailey’s tweets read, claiming Southwest Airlines “endorses homophobic employees.”
Earlier this year, a Southwest Airlines pilot was suspended after a stuck microphone button caught an anti-gay rant broadcast to several other planes and control towers.
“Eleven [expletive] over the top [expletive], [expletive] homosexuals and a granny,” 46-year-old Capt. James Fritzen Taylor was overheard saying on the air. “I thought I was in Chicago, which was party-land. … After that, it was just a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes.”
“I hate 100 percent of their [expletive],” the diatribe continued. “So, six months, I went to the bar three times. In six months, three times. … Once with the granny and the fag, and I wish I hadn’t gone.”
Both Southwest Airlines and Capt. Fritzen issued apologies after a recording of the offensive rant went public.
Neither Hailey nor Southwest have responded to requests for comment as of press time.