'The L Word' star Leisha Hailey escorted from Southwest Airlines flight for kissing girlfriend

Former The L Word star Leisha Hailey was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Monday morning, after fellow passengers complained that she and her girlfriend’s kissing was “excessive.” Hailey took to Twitter to voice her complaints. “This is an outrage,” she tweeted. “I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.” She then called for a boycott, and accused the airline of hiring homophobic employees.

Southwest denied the allegations in a statement, saying that their actions were based on behavior, not bigotry: “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.”

Southwest is the official airline of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA), and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).


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  • Al

    Flight attendants are not gay friendly?

    • lisa g.

      Should they be? 2 people of the same sex kissing is YUCK! Kids shouldn’ be exposed to that crap!

      • T

        Is yuck? If two straight people started kissing there would b no controversy. Besides kids are not dumb they don’t hav to be shielded from that. Especially since kids are exposed to violent programming everyday u homophobic prick

      • JDolla

        @lisa g. – you must be really lonely right now (being you probably are single and have zero friends which would make sense based on your ignorant, uneducated, and hateful hateful speech) and the only way to get attention id to go on message boards and make controversial statements.

      • the real lisa g.

        I see I am an importer! Lol . Anyway I don’t think It’s appropriate for kids to see anyone going at it regardless if It’s a gay or straight couple!

      • DRG

        lisa g = bigot.

      • the real lisa g.

        Hello..I obviously pissed off a gay person in the thread about the actor who came out to the extent they’re pretending to be me! Juveniles!

      • Jaded

        @both lisa g’s: You do realize this is a message board and nobody gives a rat’s ass what screen name you use right?

      • the real lisa g.

        Ur right!

      • Larry in NoHo

        Does Lisa G = Lisa Gaybasher?

      • the real lisa g.

        How did i gay bash simply because I said the actor who came out of the closet looks gay! He spoke on how he kept it a secret but i along with some other ppl said we didn’t think it could be that big of a secret! Geez…

      • ‘Lish

        You’re all a bunch of gerbils. Whomever this person is, he/she is obviously baiting you people. Wake up.

      • Felicity

        I love them both and TeacherDatingSite was amazing

    • Caiti

      The word is EXCESSIVE. I don’t want my kids watching anybody stick their tongues down each other’s throats. Gross.

      • Elizabeth

        I doubt it was anything resembling excessive…the same thing as happened to me and my partner for merely a peck on the lips.

      • Zakry

        Then you should keep them at home.

      • Alecia

        I agree with Caiti. If it’s excessive then I don’t want my kids seeing it. No matter who it is. And I don’t think that it is reasonable to keep our kids at home all the time to avoid seeing people doing inappropriate things. I also don’t think it’s too much to ask people to be respectful.

  • Elizabeth

    Wow, I see “You’re Fired!” coming up in somebody’s future! I hope this shows people just how much discrimination people in the LGBT community face. As a Straight Alliance to the Gay community, we have to start standing up and speaking out as well. It’s not OK to kick people off of planes for kissing.

    • lisa g.

      You people need to keep that stuff in your own houses!

      • T

        And if a straight couple did it would u have a problem with it?

      • lisa g.

        Shut up moron!

      • @lisa g.

        Nice come back troll. Now how bout you go back under your little bridge and continue your job of trying to eating young children, and worry less about other people’s sexuality.

      • the real lisa g.

        To the fake Lisa g. Yes they should as well as hereto couples!

      • the real lisa g.


    • Cameron J

      So if I, a male, am actively making out with a female on a plane and am annoying others, then what?

      • dee

        Nothing, that’s what happens.

      • Cameron J

        Ooh cool. I’ll try it on my bus.

      • Jane

        I would have a problem with a heterosexual making out or a gay couple making out. People should be respectful. If a gay/lesbian couple want respect than they should act accordingly & be respectful. I’m not saying they need to pretend to be straight just don’t have a big make out session. Same thing for a straight couple. Geez- it’s not rocket science people!

  • Cameron J

    I am a big supporter of gay rights… HOWEVER, it is clear that this is not about gay but about the fact that Anyone making out on a plane to the point of disturbing others can face some opposition. It irks me when we cannot correct a gay person without the discrimination card being played. In some cases it applies (Tracy Morgan) but in this case it is not.

    • Blonde South

      I agree. I don’t care what your sexuality is, I don’t want to watch anyone make out on a plane.

      • Ms. Chanandler Bong

        True dat. My sister-in-law is out, proud, smart and beautiful but when she’s macking on her girlfriend in every room but mine my husband and I tell them to get a room! It’s not about discrimination it’s about having tact.

      • the real lisa g.

        I agree blonde south!

      • gdiddy

        but the underlying sad fact PROBABLY is that there were complaints from people that would have given a straight couple a longer leash because homosexuality in front of people still makes “tolerant” people uncomfortable. I doubt a young attractive straight couple would have ended up kicked off the flight..

      • Alecia

        I’m guessing the couples reaction to being asked to stop is what caused them to be “kicked off the plan”.

      • Kim

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    • the real lisa g.

      Ita, Cameron! Good comment!

      • amy

        Lisa, go away, u are on something!

      • the real lisa g.

        b quiet amy !

    • Ana

      There’s not enough information here to make a judgment. It’s possible that it was a lesbian kiss that caused some to complain. Then again, maybe it was excessive, in which case I completely side with the airline. I can’t stand excessive PDA from anyone. The last concert I went to, I ended up stuck behind a heterosexual couple who spent the whole evening making out with each other. It was gross and distracting to those of us who were there for the music. I would have complained myself if I’d had the courage.

  • chris

    I LOVE Southwest. Please fly another airline, Hailey.

    • lisa g.

      I douwt she’s reading this MORON!

      • candace


        You imbecile.

  • outside agitator

    apparently Hailey doesn’t know the meaning of the words “hate” or “phobic”. nothing in the report suggests other passengers despised hailey or had an unreasoning fear of her. they simply complained her physical displays were excessive. if they were, she deserved to be booted.

    • Zakry

      Seriously, who complains because people are kissing? The guy who takes his shoes off and his smelly feet pollute the plane? No complaints. The baby who cries the whole flight? No one complains. Two people kissing made people uncomfortable enough to complain? Really? Even if it were two women, in THIS society, people don’t step up. Not over kissing, anyway.

      Homophobia. Stop trying to dress it up. It was what it was.

  • Dr. Francis Miltonbergnski

    Unreal, is there a problem with this young woman that she needs to express her affection towards her mate? There is a washroom on the plane, she can join the mile high club without anyone even watching, expect the pilots. If this airlines gives her 1 penny for this there is something really really wrong. Grow up!

    • DRG

      Dr. Francis Miltonbergnski = bigot.

      • stressaci

        DRG…u r an ignorant bottom or top moron.go try ur homo thang in africa or in the middle-east and get mobbed..America is fast Turning into Sodom n Gomorrah..lord have mercy.

  • Ken

    Good. Do what you want in the privacy of your own homes but in public keep it private (as in somewhere no one can see). Children were probably around. And I’m willing to bet it wasn’t a peck but a slob fest. Now this no name, carpet muncher is trying to get some publicity. Shut up and next time take a train.

    • C.S.

      She claims it was a peck. Given the fact she has been with her girlfriend over 5 years and she is over 40, I’m inclined to believe the tame PDA version of the story.

  • miss k

    Okay absolutely no one is going to boycott Southwest cuz they’re awesome. And personally, I hate to see people macking like crazy on a plane, regardless whether they’re straight or gay. It’s gross visually AND audibly . And that’s a lesson for EVERYONE.

  • Walden

    With all the cellphone video cameras around these days, nobody shot any footage?

    • t3hdow


  • Rand

    I was just at the gym, on the elliptical, watching NCIS on one of the gym’s TV screens. I was repulsed having to witness a corpse cut in half on an autopsy table, guts spilling out everywhere, (these cop/criminal shows thrive on out-grossing last week’s episode). But GOD forbid, it’s not okay to see nakedness or sex on TV. What a double standard! I am a born and bred American. And Americans are such hypocritical prudes! Grow up! It’s a kiss–not somebody getting their guts splashed in living color in front on television!

    • outside agitator

      that’s a faulty analogy. if people saw a corpse on a plane, it’d probably be reported. and there must be at least a few who like soft core porn or her show would’ve never made it on the air. real and tv are two different things. at least for now.

      • J

        I agree it is a faulty analogy. But I also agree that NCIS and other similar procedurals (CSI, Bones) are excessively graphic. I watch them, but I oftern have to turn away. And certainly my kids cannot watch.

  • LOL

    The GOP fears Leisha Hailey.

    • Andrew


      • Blonde South

        The person the article was about. It’s ok. I don’t really know who she is either.

  • Dr. Francis Miltonbergnski

    With all this politically correct stuff, we should just locate her parents, fine them, maybe put them in jail for rasing a very disrespective child, lack of morals and most off just being plain inconsiderate.

  • CeCe

    I suppose the issue is whether it was actually excessive (which IS gross to watch, gay or straight) or whether complaints were coming from people who were exaggerating because they didn’t like that it was two women kissing. I can see either being possible. I work in a coffee shop and have witnessed people overreacting to two girls kissing, but I also sat on a train once with a bunch of people disturbed by a straight couple spending the entire trip making out. I hope it wasn’t homophobia that started it, but it does sound as if the removal from the flight was due to the response to the flight attendants and not the actual kissing.

    • BC

      ITA CeCe – and appreciate your thoughtful, clear-headed comments unlike most other posters. Excessive is such a subjective word so it’s impossible to know for sure if it was truly a homophobic response. Although, I also have to agree with CS above, it seems less likely that a couple together that long, at that age would be making out to such an extent that it required this response. I can also understand them (Leisha and Camila) being so offended by the initial response – since let’s face it, homosexuals have to deal with this bigotry all the time – that their anger may have gotten the best of them, which is what ultimately got them kicked off the plane.

      I guess we’ll have to wait for the video that other blogs quote Leisha claiming to have recorded of the dispute.

      • ewew

        You should consider that these people are reality stars so inappropiate activity isn’t an issue for them.

      • @ewew

        She is not a reality star, she is an actress. The L Word was a tv show the Real L Word was a reality show. She stared in the first one…

      • Jane


  • brooke

    There is a time and place for everything. I don’t want to watch anyone make out in public, be they straight, gay, or otherwise.

    • Andrew


  • Ted

    Why do celebrities fly Southwest anyway? It’s a cheapskate airline.

    • Wickeddoll

      Well, her series *has* been off for a while…

      • gdiddy


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