'L Word' Actress Says She Was Scolded By Southwest Staff For Kissing Girlfriend

Leisha Hailey, actress and former star of the Showtime’s The L Word says she was given a talking-to from a Southwest Airlines flight attendant after the employee deemed a smooch between the actress and her girlfriend was unfriendly for the family environment.

The actress and her girlfriend were set to fly from from Baltimore to St. Louis on Monday, but they claim that a mid-flight kiss resulted in being scolded a flight attendant.

Hailey Tweeted, “I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir… Flt. attendant said that it was a ‘family’ airline and kissing was not ok…. Since when is showing affection toward 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.”

In a statement, Southwest says the flight attendant’s actions had nothing to do with the couple being lesbians:

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.

In response, Hailey Tweeted, “I didn’t realize a small peck on the lips is regarded as excessive and never once did your stewardess mention other passengers.”

Leisha Hailey, ‘L Word’ actress, scolded by Southwest Airlines for kissing her girlfriend [NY Daily News]

Leisha Hailey, ‘L Word’ actress, kicked off Southwest flight for kissing girlfriend [Washington Post]