Lesbian actress kicked off Southwest flight for kissing girlfriend

Michelle Fields | Contributor

Former “The L Word” actress Leisha Hailey is asking travelers to boycott Southwest Airlines after she and her girlfriend were kicked off a Southwest flight for kissing.

Hailey tweeted that a flight attendant said Southwest was a “family airline and kissing was not ok.” She tweeted shortly after that her and her girlfriend were “escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue.”

“Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal?” she tweeted. “I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as ‘family.’”

Hailey is also demanding a public apology.

The airline issued a statement via Twitter saying that 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 airline said. “The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”

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