By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman
The Baltimore Sun
3:22 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
Leisha Hailey, a musician and star of 'The L-Word,' a drama about lesbians that used to air on Showtime, has accused Southwest Airlines of discriminating against her because she is gay and has called for a boycott of the airline.
Hailey and her partner, Camila Grey, were removed from a Southwest flight in El Paso, Texas, on Monday. She said via her band's Twitter feed (@UhHuhHer), that they were escorted off of the plane after getting into a discussion with a flight attendant about a kiss the two shared.
While Southwest said the couple was removed because of "excessive" behavior, the couple disputed the airline's claim in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
"We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss. We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple. We were on the airplane less than 5 minutes when all was said and done," they said in the statement.
The couple said they were approached by a Southwest flight attendant and became visibly upset after the she stressed to them that Southwest was a "family airline." They said no reason other than that was given. They plan to file a formal complaint with the airline.
In her Twitter feed, Hailey also said that contrary to reports, they were booked on a flight from Texas when the incident happened. ("Wow KTLA news got it wrong. We were in Baltimore? Time travel?")
A Southwest spokesperson said the incident happened aboard Flight 2274 from El Paso to Los Angeles. The passengers were removed before the flight took off.
In a statement issued Monday, Southwest said that the dispute was about the passengers' behavior, but the airline did not mention a kiss. Here's the airline's statement in full:
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