“The L-Word” Actress Booted Off Plane for “Excessive” Kissing
Add Leisha Hailey of the Showtime drama “The L-Word” to the list of celebrities kicked out of a commercial plane for unacceptable behavior.
Hailey, a lesbian actress and musician, took to Twitter on Monday after she was escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight for allegedly kissing her girlfriend “excessively” while on board a flight from Baltimore to St. Louis. “Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?” Hailey said in a tweet, adding that she was “discriminated against” for being lesbian.
Southwest Airlines, however, defended the action of its flight crew, saying in a statement that Hailey and her girlfriend kissed excessively and that the expulsion was based not on their being lesbians but for inappropriate behavior. “Our crew…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,” Southwest said in a statement posted on its website.