Leisha Hailey escorted from Southwest Airlines Plane (09-28-2011):
(IMG courtesy of perezhilton.com. Article from The Advocate.)
Actress-musician Leisha Hailey, who played Alice on The L Word, is demanding an apology from Southwest Airlines after being escorted from a flight for kissing her girlfriend, fashion designer Nina Garduno.
Perez Hilton reports that Camila Grey, a member of the pop duo Uh Huh Her, tweeted the first account of the incident, writing, “So we’ve joined the ranks alongside @BJAofficial and @ThatKevinSmith for being kicked off an @SouthwestAir flight, this time for being gay. @SouthwestAir We didn’t know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values.” Grey refers to Kevin Smith, who was escorted off a Southwest jet in February 2010, supposedly for being too large for his seat, and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who was asked to leave a flight earlier this month for wearing pants deemed to be too saggy.
Hailey then added her take on what happened, writing, “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. @SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable.”
Hailey continued tweeting, adding, “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.”
Hailey also claims she filmed the incident, writing, “Did I mention to @SouthwestAir that I have a lot of their actions recorded on audio and video? RT #boycottSouthwest #discrimination.”
Website TMZ is reporting that Southwest Airlines has issued a statement that reads, “Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive.”
The statement continues, “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.”
The airline adds, “We are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation.”