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Southwest Airlines Apologizes For Kicking L Word Star Off Flight After She Kissed Her Girlfriend

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As we reported about earlier, L Word star Leisha Hailey was escorted off her Southwest Airlines flight after kissing her girlfriend!

Apparently, the flight attendant told them Southwest was a "family" airline and escorted them off the flight.

Well, Southwest has now issued a public apology, stating:

“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.”

What do U think of their response?

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51 comments to “Southwest Airlines Apologizes For Kicking L Word Star Off Flight After She Kissed Her Girlfriend”



  1. 1

    I for some reason believe SW. Why is this story top news. I thought Ellen's heart attack will be.



  2. 2

    Duh Mario!! It means they were over the top with the PDA! It's annoying when straight couples do this. GET A CLUE!



  3. 3

    Excessive kissing is inappropriate, if this story is true and they refused to stop, then they should have been escorted off.

  4. yeez says – reply to this


    4

    Duh.



  5. 5

    Any PDA is something that should be addressed especially if confined in a space where people have no choice but be in the same area no matter if it is gay people or not!



  6. 6

    Please don't make this into a gay thing!!! If I were on that flight and a man and woman were overly expressing PDA's I would also complain! If several passengers complained, then it wasn't just a kiss!



  7. 7

    I would need more info on this story like what were they doing doing the flight? Maybe the were going to far? That can be for anyone regarless of sexual orientation. If anything I wish I could have watched LOLz



  8. 8

    Re: Roccomagoo – Agree with you 100%.



  9. 9

    I don't like to see anyone making out or feeling someone up on an airplane. I don't care if they are straight or gay. ………of course, if it was me and George Clooney, it would be perfectly fine. lol



  10. 10

    Too much PDA gay or straight is annoying, if they received a lot of passenger complaints then it must have been excessive and not just a kiss.



  11. 11

    Just because a couple is gay does not mean that they can't also be publicity-seeking liars. I doubt that passengers would have complained if they had been conducting themselves in an appropriate manner. When I'm on an airplane I don't want be distracted by behavior that is intimate and personal by any couple, gay or straight.



  12. 12

    The fact of the matter is they wouldnt have kicked a straight couple off for making out (if thats what they were doing) It's discrimination. Sorry to all the other yenta's commenting before.



  13. 13

    Sounds like they were sucking face not just a little kiss. Good for Southwest, they should not have to apologize.



  14. 14

    Southwest isn't saying that it was too much, they said the conversation escalated to the point it would be better resolved on the gorund…Usually if you are in a seat and you ki8ss someone not many could see it anyway…I say it will probably come to light that that attendant had an issue with gays…apology doesn't do enough and I'd escalte the conversation too if I were to be told I couldn't kiss my companion.



  15. 15

    Seems like Southwest didn't have to apologize AT ALL, yet they took the high road and did. Good for them. Sounds like these ladies were out of control with the PDA and were rightly escorted off after being given a warning… Gotta say I'm with Southwest on this one.



  16. 16

    On this one, I am with SWA. A plane is not the place for a make out session and they would have been called out if it was a guy and girl — these two are making waves because some people do that. Drama queens looking for attention and being brats.

  17. Bytch says – reply to this


    17

    PDA isn't something only heteros do. I think its gross when heterosexual couples do it, and I think its gross when homosexual couples do it. Being gay doesn't grant you special treatment, asshole.



  18. 18

    I don't want to see heterosexual couples making out on a plane either! Do your PDA somewhere private where other people don't have to watch it because it is extremely uncomfortable. Somewhere in the middle is probably the truth. She's probably overdramatizing it because she is butt hurt that she got called out on it.



  19. 19

    Yeah baby two hot chicks = hotter!! That being said I don't need a live sex show on a plane!



  20. 20

    And yet still no stories about the Texas teen suspended for opposing homosexuality. It's a two way street buddy.



  21. 21

    If it was excessive than I agree with it. If it was just a smooch Southwest is out of line.



  22. 22

    I know for a fact that it was excessive PDA Perez. I've actually seen it happen before, with straight couples in fact. The didn't have to be escorted off the plane because they actually listened and were respectful. Geez everyone who is gay seems to think they are targeted because of it. I know there is a lot of prejudice out there, but SWA is very respectful of it's passengers unless you are causing a problem for everyone else. They didnt give service because they are gay, they didn't give service because they wouldn't stop making out!



  23. 23

    If I am theperson in the seat next to them and it is anything more then a quick peck it will make me uncomfortable regardless of thembeing gay or straight. I dont want to watch that and I certainly dont want my kids seeing anyone sucking face for an extended period of time. Why is it that these two adults cant just own their inappropriate behavior instead of playing the gay card?



  24. 24

    I don't like excessive PDA gay or straight. You always have to make an issue out of things, don't you? I agree with SW, and will continue to fly with them.

    And why don't you research things a little better BEFORE you publish them?



  25. 25

    This isn't a gay thing, Perez. It's about being respectful and waiting until you are behind closed doors. Not everyone wants to watch others make out, gay or straight.

  26. Jaded says – reply to this


    26

    As much as I would love to agree with the over PDA thing being annoying, Southwest allows much worse behavior one their flights if it's between a man and a woman. The newlywed couple that were in the seat next to me on my way to Vegas last month were clearly doing more than kissing. To the extent that a number of people complained and the flight attendant didn't even ask them to stop. I guess if they're attractive heterosexual couples they are allowed to do as they will.
    PS if by any chance you are part of the gross couple next to me. Please get your girlfriend to the doctor asap. That smell is not natural.



  27. 27

    meh, i don't mind PDA. and from SW's statement, they weren't kicked off. They were approached and things got heated so they settled it out at the gate instead of on the plane in front of fucking everybody.



  28. 28

    also, i'm surprised at the number of prudes that troll this site. holier than thou motherfuckers!



  29. 29

    Re: thebigboot – I completely agree! I love how it's only news worthy if you agree with him!



  30. 30

    Yea, if they were swallowing eachother's tongues then I can understand. Though, as I have personally experienced, gay PDA is hit with a LOT more force than straight PDA. Gay holding hands = kiss. gay kiss = straight make out. gay make out = complete fornication.



  31. 31

    I'm going to become Gay. Soon I'll be able to call foul at every turn. Police every voice for statements I find offensive. Help cause people to walk on eggshells. Help eliminate rhetoric as we know it! WooHoo!



  32. 32

    Re: FoxyandKanga – "Heart attack". Please. She didn't have a heart attack. Stop throwing fantasy out there like Mario does.



  33. 33

    I'm sure they were going at it and she probably got a little ugly with them when they asked her to cool it off. We aren't getting the whole story. If there was children around this is completely understandable. GAY or STRAIGHT.. Nobody wants to see that shit.



  34. 34

    So basically if you're gay it's okay to get overly friendly in public and in front of little eyes? Hardly. I don't wanna see any of that. I don't care if you're gay, straight or otherwise.



  35. 35

    Southwest Airlines should make sure ALL their employees are totally aware of theri policies.
    What a horse shit excuse!



  36. 36

    Kissing is fine.

    Kissing and it looks like foreplay, whether straight or gay, is NOT.



  37. 37

    WANNA KNOW SOMETHING???????
    FUCK THESE 2 CARPET MUNCHING WHORES!!!!!!!!!!
    GET A ROOM!!!! NO ON A PLANE IN FRONT OF KIDS!
    THIS WE'RE ALL EQUAL SHIT IS ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!
    WE ARE NOT ALL EQUAL. GAME, SET, MATCH!



  38. 38

    What others said, I don't wanna see hetros going at it on a plane, or gays. blauhk



  39. 39

    This story makes me feel a little ill and a little sad. You know how many times I have flow on any airline and saw straight couples making out? Countless times. With no complaints by other heterosexual passengers. Fancy that. Shame on Southwest!



  40. 40

    I think it depends… if there was just a kiss or if they were all over each other… if they were all over each other and there were complaints then yeah they should have been asked to cut it out…just as a straight couple who are all over each other should be asked to do the same. It should be equal alll around.



  41. 41

    I….dont really give 2 shits.



  42. 42

    I don't think they are necessarily apologizing for the specific circumstances. I think they are saying that they are sorry that some passengers had an experience they weren't happy with, in a very general way. I think that is the best way to handle it. I don't think anybody, gay or straight, should be making out on a plane. If you can't keep your hands off each other, take it to the bathroom like everybody else!



  43. 43

    Way to put that South in Southwest you inbreed bitch! Seriously this is a family airline? I would had knocked that bitch out if I heard that. Gay's are family peeps too idiot!



  44. 44

    The story and reports directly from southwest say NOTHING about excessive PDA, so for those of you who just go ahead and assume that Haiiley was in the wrong are jumping to quick conclusion without facts. Southwest has been going overboard with monitoring its passengers for a long time and keeping their substandard service at the same level



  45. 45

    Re: Bytch – LMAO, so so true!



  46. 46

    I might be upset with this if the pda was just a quick kiss or something, but they aren't saying what kind of kiss it was. I personally don't want to see ANYBODY swapping spit profusely…straight or gay. It's just rude to everybody when it's too much pda.



  47. 47

    From everything I've heard, it wasn't about it being a same sex couple… they went way overboard with the PDA. It wasn't a matter of a "kiss", it was making out on a level that was making everyone around them uncomfortable. It would have made everyone uncomfortable if it was a man and a woman, too. Passengers complained, the flight attendent tried to speak to them about it, and they started an argument and began to make a scene. Even if the flight attendent DID say "this is a family airline"…so what? They were RIGHT. The airline doesn't owe them an apology at ALL.
    You know…every single time someone criticizes a gay couple about something, it doesn't mean that it's an "attack" on them for being gay. If a behavior isn't OK from a straight couple, then it isn't OK with a gay couple, either. Save the cries of "discrimination" for situations involving REAL discrimination.



  48. 48

    There is a time and place for everything and I wonder if it was just 1 kiss? If it was 1 kiss then homophobia was rampant on that flight between other passangers complaining and the stewardess making them get out. People need to stop with the public displays period. Doesn;t matter straight or gay just stop with the making out in public.

  49. Coopt says – reply to this


    49

    According to reports I read the two were visibly "exchanging saliva" in front of other passngers. If that's the case, then they should have been kicked off. Southwest is a fantastic airline and extremely customer focused. These Hollywood nobodies need to pick their fights more wisely!



  50. 50

    Lets hope it was 'excessive' and nothing sinister. I don't mind people showing public signs of affection, but NOT people raming thier tongues down each others throats, whether gay, straight, black, old or young. Get a room!! It can only be to get a response from others & not for each other, and they certainly got one!!



  51. 51

    I have to agree with pinchik03…PDA's are just disgusting, doesn't matter who's doing them. Girls, Boys, or a mixture of all of the above. However, the punishment needs to fit the crime, so when you're reporting, you should make it clear if they were taken off the plane because they kissed, or because it grew into an ugly argument where no one had control.