The L Word actress Leisha Hailey has accused Southwest Airlines of throwing her off a plane because she kissed her girlfriend.
“I have been discriminated against by Southwest Air. Flt. attendant said that it was a ‘family’ airline and kissing was not ok…” Hailey (40) said in a series of tweets after the incident.
“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….”
Hailey said that the couple was escorted off the plane after she and her girlfriend got upset over the issue. “Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal?” she asked.
Southwest Airlines responded in a statement that it took action as a result of several customer complaints on the flight.
“Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterising the behaviour as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behaviour and not gender,” said the airline.
“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 expectations.”
Hailey is best known for playing Alice Pieszecki in The L Word.