A kiss turned turbulent for The L Word actress Leisha Hailey before lift-off today on a Southwest Airlines flight. When she showed affection towards her female companion, she alleges a flight attendant confronted the couple, citing it's a "family" airline. Guess she won't be joining the mile high club this trip.
Leisha tweeted her disgrace about the incident, saying in part, "I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a "family" airline and kissing was not ok. This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline. We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue."
The budget-friendly airline has responded with a statement: "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 press release also apologizes, "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 incident caught the attention of singer Adam Lambert, who tweeted, "No one bats an eye when straight couples kiss in public. When a gay couple does it's "not family friendly". #doublestandard."
This is not the first time a celebrity has been involved in an altercation with Southwest. In February 2010 Kevin Smith created a media firestorm when he alleged the airline told him he was "too fat to fly." In December of last year Josh Duhamel was asked to exit the plane when he refused to turn off his BlackBerry at the flight crew's request, though it is not clear what airline he had boarded.