Leisha Hailey, an actress on "The L Word" and part of the band "Uh Huh Her," said she was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend.
Hailey was apparently on Southwest flight 2274 that was leaving Baltimore and headed to St. Louis. In several tweets posted on Monday, Hailey called for a boycott of Southwest following her escort off the plane.
Southwest responded, asking Hailey to direct message them about the situation, and then a few hours later issued a statement saying that initial reports said the behavior was excessive but offered an apology to the passengers involved.
"Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender," the statement said.
Here are the tweets that Hailey sent out a few hours ago, describing the situation with Southwest Airlines.
"So we've joined the ranks alongside @BJAofficial and @ThatKevinSmith for being kicked off an @SouthwestAir flight, this time for being gay.
"@SouthwestAir We didn't know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values
"@SouthwestAir Maybe you guys should put up a big sign that lists what you don't tolerate before we spend our money on your horrible service
"I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a "family" airline and kissing was not ok.
"This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.
"We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue. @SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable.
"Since when is showing affection towards 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.
"I call for a boycott for @SouthwestAir for their intolerance. Period. Unacceptable. Keep hearing more stories of these incidences. Insane!
"Did I mention to @SouthwestAir that I have a lot of their actions recorded on audio and video?
Here is Southwest's statement:
"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 expectations."