Actress Leisha Hailey, star of the homosexuality driven Showtime series “The L-Word“, was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday for apparently making out with another passenger. What’s the big deal? you might ask, but it turns out that she was escorted off the plane for kissing another woman and passengers were obviously not turned on by the behavior. The actress blasted the airline on twitter, calling for a boycott:
“I have been discriminated against. Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?”
a representative of Southwest Airlines Co. responded via its official website stating that Hailey was approached “based solely on behavior and not gender.” Well, you can’t really argue with that because this is the official airline for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
The actress and her unidentified girlfriend were on a flight from Baltimore to St. Louis. However, due to the “excessive” display of affection, passengers became uncomfortable and complaints escalated to the point whereby they had to land the plane.
Earlier this month, the Dallas-based airline kicked off Green Day’s lead man Billie Joe Armstrong for wearing his pants too low. The Grammy winner was escorted off a plane after failing to follow a flight attendant’s directive to pull the pants up.
Southwest also removed director Kevin Smith from a flight last year because he didn’t fit properly in a single seat. His first tweet read, “Dear @SouthwestAir I know I’m fat, but was (the) captain (…) really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?”
This airline doesn’t really have a huge fan base and they’re some pretty drastic actions taken on their flights one too often. I think they seriously need some re-evaluation. But still, I get uncomfortable even when a heterosexual couple makes out on a plane in front of me, so it’s not about gender for me. My point is, not everyone can tolerate a make out session, especially on a plane where you can’t just leave and go somewhere else.
Some PDA’s should just be kept on land. This is my opinion. What do you think?