Leisha Hailey one of the L Word actresses has vented her frustration and anger at SouthWest Airlines via her Twitter Account. She was escorted off of a plane after a argument over kissing her girlfriend, the flight was between Baltimore and St Louis and she was told by a flight attendant that it was a family airline and kissing was not ok.
“I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a ‘family’ airline and kissing was not ok’
“We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue @SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable.”
However the airline has told TMZ.com that they received complaints from other passengers that their behaviour was ‘excessive’. The airline has reportedly said that they are willing to offer an apology to the couple. The airline has also stated they approached the couple purely due to their behaviour and not their gender, the reason for their removal was due to the escalated level of conversion between the couple and the flight attendant. The airline decided it was better for all concerned if the issue was handled on the ground rather than in the air.
The question here remains, what was deemed excessive? If it was a simple kiss then was it purely that other passengers took exception and the couple were discriminated against, or was their behaviour a little inappropriate for such an enclosed and public space.
If it was the latter, would offence have been taken if the couple had been hetro? Either way this highlights general unrest among many with regards to homosexuals. It almost feels in some ways that it is ok to be gay as long as the public don’t have to see it.