Hailey, star of the US show The L-Word, took to Twitter to call for a boycott of Southwest Airlines after a flight attendant told her other passengers had complained.
“We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue,” she tweeted. “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.”
A Southwest Airlines crew member approached the actress-musician after other passengers complained that she and her girlfriend’s kissing was “excessive,” the airline said in a statement, explaining that the crew made the decision to escort the couple off the plane after the discussion “escalated.”
The airline today posted a statement on its website about the incident, which occurred at the El Paso airport on a plane bound for Los Angeles.
Southwest’s statement reads: “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 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 expectation.”
The statement did nothing to appease hailey. “Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as ‘family.’ ” She continued: “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.”
This isn’t the first time Southwest Airlines has been accused anti-gay remarks and actions.
The Daily Telegraph reported a few months ago an unnamed pilot was heard over the radio – unaware it was on – complaining that his co-workers were “a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes” he doesn’t care to socialize with in between stops.
WOW! AIRLINES ARE BECOMING THE ‘BIG BROTHERS’ THAT NO ONE WANTS AROUND. JUST FLY THE DANG PLANE AND GIVE THE NOSEY PASSENGERS HEADPHONES FOR THE OLD MOVIES, THEY CONSTANTLY PLAY!!