UPDATED: Southwest Airlines statement on incident involving ‘L-Word’ actress Leisha Hailey

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 at 4:37pm
Leisha Hailey appeared in the ‘L-Word’ and is a member of the band Uh Huh Her.

Looks like Dallas-based Southwest Airlines could have another big gay controversy on its hands.

Months after a pilot’s anti-gay rant was broadcast over a stuck cockpit microphone, L-Word actress Leisha Hailey (also a lesbian in real life) is alleging on Twitter she was booted from an SWA flight after — GASP! — kissing her partner.

We’re waiting to hear back from Southwest — and working to get in touch with Hailey — but for now, below are her tweets about the incident.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Southwest has posted a statement on its website about the incident, which occurred aboard Flight 2274. 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.”

UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Those who’ve expressed support for Hailey include fellow gay musician Adam Lambert, who tweeted, “News: kissing is NOT indecent behavior. No matter what sex u are. So if two of the same sex are sweetly kissing, get over it!”

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