Southwest Airlines has found themselves in plenty of hot water over the past few years. Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day was recently kicked off a flight because he refused to pull up his saggy pants, and everyone remembers the “Kevin Smith is too fat to fly” controversy.
Southwest’s PR people are working overtime again today after The L Word star Leisha Hailey took to Twitter to blast the airline. The actress says she and her girlfriend were escorted off the plane after kissing:
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.
Southwest responded today with the following 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.
All this from GLAAD’s official airline??? Buckle your seatbelts; it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.