September 27th, 2011
05:21 PM ET

'L Word' actress: I wasn't making out on flight

Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend Camila Grey would like to make one thing clear: They were not making out on the Southwest flight the pair say they were booted from.

The couple released a statement through their band, Uh Huh Her, to clarify the incident, which happened on Monday.

"In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar," the statement said. "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."

Hailey, an actress from the Showtime Sapphic drama "The L Word," tweeted Monday that she and Grey "have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a 'family' airline and kissing was not ok."

Hailey called for her followers to boycott the airline and demanded an apology.

"We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue," she further tweeted. "@SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable."

Southwest Airlines posted a statement Monday on their site titled, "Regarding Southwest Customers Removed From Flight 2274."

"Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive," the statement said. "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 adds in a statement to CNN that "Additional reports from our Employees and Customers onboard flight 2274 during a stop in El Paso on Sunday now confirm profane language was being used loudly by two passengers. At least one family who was offended by the loud profanity moved to another area of the cabin."

The statement continues, "Although we have reports of what Customers characterize as an excessive public display of affection, ultimately their aggressive reaction led to their removal from the aircraft. We do not tolerate discrimination against anyone for any reason. In this situation, their removal was directly and solely related to the escalated conversation that developed onboard the aircraft."

Southwest goes on to say that their "tenets of inclusion and celebration of diversity among our Customers and Employees — including those in the LGBT communities — anchor our Culture of mutual respect and following the Golden Rule...ALL are valued and welcome."

For their part, Hailey and Grey say in their statement that they "take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a 'family airline.'" They add that they "were never told the reason the flight attendant approached us, we were only scolded that we 'needed to be aware that Southwest Airlines was a family oriented airline.'"

According to the statement from Southwest, the airline has reached out to the couple to offer a full refund.

This incident is the latest for Southwest, which last year landed in the news after filmmaker Kevin Smith was asked to leave a plane when officials told him he was too large to occupy a single seat. Earlier this month, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was kicked off a Southwest flight for wearing saggy pants.

Hailey and Grey said in their statement that they were in the process of filing a formal complaint with the airline and that "We hope that when all is said and done a greater tolerance without prejudice will evolve."

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. David M

    It's always someone else's fault. Why is it that those who think they are entetainers feel they deserve special treatment? As soon as something does not go their way, they escalate the situation. Too bad someone on the flight didn't think to record it and post it on You Tube.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roll it

    Speaking as a gay person, they got just what they deserved. I would not display any affection in public towards my partner. Hand holding, a kiss, nothing. Keep it behind closed doors. Bravo to Southwest ! !

    September 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom-ay

    By how these comments are going, I think that the American people would vote to make lesbian marriage legal, but not gay-male marriage legal. Str8 people can be pervy. Geez.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. handle it

    If these two would have responded with a little dignity they would have been fine. When they started yelling and cursing the airlines did the only resonable thing, throw them off the plane. This is a glimpse of whta will be taking place with the repeal of don't ask don't tell. Gay soldiers will become hostile and threatening to their comrades. Wait until they get past over by the promotion board. Straight soldiers that resist them will be brought up on hate crime charges and have their careers ruined and reputation destroyed. We will wish there was a closet,

    September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gracen

    So you get discriminated against and when you get upset and angry at someone else's stupidity you get kicked off the plane. What is a family orientated airline mean, are there some airlines that are not family orientated and don't let children fly and is only for adults?

    September 28, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. brendatexas

    Good for you Southwest, another reason they are my favorite airline. There's always some vulgar, wanting attention, idiot.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cindy

    Wow, the immaturity of some of the people leaving comments on this article is amazing.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. David

    I totally applaud Southwest. At least SOMEONE is taking a stand against stupid passengers.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. mark

    southwest is a family airline – no affection allowed around here...

    September 28, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. sum it up

    They didn't get kicked off for kissing. They got kicked off for being belligerent and profane with the crew.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. L

    I support Southwest airlines in their decision and handling of this particular situation. As the mother of a young child, I would hope that others would consider their behavior before acting on impulse.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • ToneInNY

      No matter what the situation was, bottom line – don't display violence, verbal or physical, on a plane. Or you will be taken off.

      September 28, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. leap Froggy

    what did a lesbian frog tell the other lesbian frog?..... Dam* , we do taste like chicken !

    September 28, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. wow

    ^^^ dude, relax. Noone cares that you fish for turds. Just watch your language.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. lizzer

    if gin makes some sin tequila makes my teeth fall out

    September 28, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. I luv swa

    If want to save $ fly swa ... They are the best deal in the air .

    September 28, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. user420

    Isn't southwest like a budget airline?? Why would celebrities be riding on them?? Want privacy? Get on Continental first class trust me you can do whatever the heck you want there.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. Anne Marie Rossi

    I am absolutely appalled at what this airline did. In my opinion they completely acted in a discriminatory act and i feel they have the right to bring a law suit against the airline. I am an out and proud lesbian and i will never fly southwest again. Even better we the gay community should all go to a local airport and instead of a flash mob we should coordinate a display of affection at the same time all across the united states.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Hi

      Grow up

      September 28, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Touchdown!

      you give 'em all bad names ANNE. Calm down and stop looking at his package with that smile on your face...or ill tell your girlfriend, right after she leaves my bedroom.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  18. @Abcde

    Great point.

    September 28, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  19. godspeaketh

    They are lucky they were flying Southwest otherwise they would be charged as offensive excess baggage.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mammy

    Why were they flying? Were their motorcycles in the shop?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. Portal punk

    Lasty! ~ i am the real portal punk! All impostrs shall swiftly taste my blade!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. chattesouffle

    Cover(t) discRIMination. Come fly w/us.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. Get Over Yourselves

    They didn't get kicked off the plane for kissing. They got kicked off for the way they reacted, getting all loud and profane. They had a valid argument until then. Nothing like showing people who you really are when a little adversity comes your way. It's not what happens to you in this world, but how you react to it that defines you. And these two women decided to show everyone who they really are and that they can't handle themselves in a situation. If there was ever any doubt, they cleared it up themselves. Get control of yourselves, people. Cooler heads always prevail.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToneInNY

      This by far was the most level-headed comment in reference to this article. Well said!

      September 28, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      First of all, how do you know, were you there? How the heck do you know? Second of all, how do you know you would remain "calm and level-headed" in the face of discrimination especially if you may have faced that your whole life? How do you know what would be the straw that would make you raise your voice in defense of yourself and you loved one? I don't think that is unreasonable at all. I think its human, actually. It's called righteous indignation. It's not as if they assaulted someone. I have kissed my husband on aplane, nobody came over and told me I was an affront to "family values," and threw me off. You take your rights for granted, and have no idea how you would feel if treated that way. It's so easy to tell someone else to take an affront to their dignity in stride.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Get Over Yourselves

      Jennifer: Of course I was not there, my comments were based on this report and the fact that he actresses themselves admitted to reacting loudly to the matter. No matter what the cause, that is not an acceptable way to behave in public especially when you are sharing your space with other passengers who likely don't care the reason for it, they just don't want to be disturbed by it. Getting loud and profane is not going to solve any problems, it will just make things worse and will become the focal point of the incident. As to whether they were discriminated against, it doesn't make it right to act out and behave that way in public. In the end they just made themselves look worse for it. Now Southwest appears to have a history with ejecting people for questionable reasons, there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with it. What these women did was clearly the wrong way if their goal was to complete their flight. They would have done better to retain their composure and be the bigger person in the moment, then later launched a publicity campaign against the airline instead of getting loud and profane and giving the airline a more valid reason to kick them off.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheWordMaster

      Amen! Thank goodness someone has some sense on here!

      September 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..geezes need to get your panties in a bunch.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..what's going on on these planes lately. First Gerard Depardieu peeing, now a girl on girl makeout session. I always gets the flights where there a non-stop kid crying and screaming. have been on a roll lately. Too funny.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. E Tuck

    Who the F*** cares!Never heard of either one. But I like their style....

    September 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. luis

    Who are they? More importantly, I should care why? Either way it goes, free publicity.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. OscarAA

    Why do gays and lesbians always have to make it known they are the way they are. I dont go around telling everyone I'm straight, so they have to live with it, geez.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. 56uu6754

    They really are not hot enough to make out in public but at least it wasn't a couple of dudes.(male flight attendants)

    September 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder

      Can I get an "Amen" brothers and sisters? NOBODY wants to see 2 Mike Ditkas going at it in the seat next door!

      September 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. srsly

    Big deal. Get over it.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. NevskyBaby

    Gee, the economy in tatters, our jobs to Asia, DC a complete mockey of representational democracy,yet this a top story? What is wrong with me?

    September 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jozen

    So sad that we have to tip toe around this. Stop f@#%ing on planes people! Everyone loves lesbians anyway they are hardly a protected class.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jozen

    This has nothing to do with discrimination. Save French kisses for the bedroom. Gay or straight we don't need to see that. This gal is just trying to revive her lame career.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. justfair

    Man,do you people digress! It's about the foul language that's at issue here. I don't think the children on the plane should have to listen to that.They should have kicked off for that alone.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      man, did you not read the article?
      they only used bad language once they were being confronted for a kiss. I've been on MANY flights and i have literally seen hand jobs. Look around next time you fly. These ladies just KISSED. If you have every faced public discrimination then you should know exactly how they feel.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. One of two

    Way to go SouthWest Airlines! It is a sin and they should be the ones apologizing. The world is getting worse!

    September 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  36. One of two

    Way to go SouthWest Airlines! It is a sin and they should be the ones apologizing.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  37. loJenk

    September 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. buffynice

    I can not believe this is the right in the twenty-first century, human beings, we must educate ourselves and know that displays of affection are free, and
    love is a beautiful feeling it should not be hidden ...
    twitter accounts of the girls are L WORD
    (Tina)Laurel Holloman @nalamommy
    (Alice)Leisha Hailey @Leisha_Hailey
    (Shane) kate moennig @katemoennig
    (Jenny) Mia Kirshner, ILH @MiaK_iLIVEhere
    (Jodi) Marlee Matlin @MarleeMatlin
    (Carmen) Sarah Shahi @onlysarahshahi
    (molly) clementine ford @clementinesford

    September 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. David deNomme

    Sounds to me like they were just looking for a fight. Probably short on cash and figured a lawsuit was a good way to get some money in the bank. But I'm just speculating...

    September 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Anomic Office Drone

    Um... Who is this woman and why are we supposed to care whether or not she was making out with anyone?

    September 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jozen

      Just another idiot with a lame cause aimed at drawing attention to herself.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      she was a main character on the L word for 5 (was it 6?) years and she was also on the yoplait commercials for a while.

      and she's a totally cool babe.. 🙂

      September 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  41. @Jenny

    can you tell me more about girl on girl action? your thoughts?

    September 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. fashion critic

    wondering if they will let the lesbians were turbans and bend over?! i am down with that.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Pro Lesbians

    they kick hot lesbians out for making out or "kissing", yet turban wearing mullas are allowed to bend over and pray in aisles !

    September 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHN L

      You are right. I don't care what this woman does in the seat front of me. I am usually to busy minding my own business. Oh, btw i enjoyed the series.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. jenny

    Clearly the point has been missed. It's not about girl on girl action. Take ur Maxim into the bathroom for that. It's about discrimination which, while prevalent, is not okay.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • heyitsme

      Sorry – not buying it. If i was there making out with my husband, they would do the same thing. This boils down to what 1 person views as *making out* verses another. Simply because it was girl on girl has ZERO to do with it.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ragitator

    Southwest is great though. They enforce the baggage and size rules, and runa great Airline. I'm sure if these two would have not been beligerent, they would have been fine. But kudos to SW for keeping the lardasses off the plane. Nothing worse than having a fat pig next to you for several hours because they can't control themseleves.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      The fact that Southwest repremanded them before even getting their take on the story is very telling. They didn't even ASK the ladies what their version of the story was.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      @Tiffany, I imagine they were playing stinky finger.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • heyitsme

      @ Tiff Um, the Ladies are the ones that came forward.... not Southwest – and again, the Crew does have the right to make judgement calls. This is blown out of sorts and the most STUPID crap I have had to listen to – all freakin day long. You know – the mile high club – didn't come out of no where. You have someones word against someone else. You were not there, you have zero idea what really happened, and you honestly do not think these ladies are going to paint themselves in a bad light do you?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  46. slogreport

    we all should be kicked off planes. didnt they kick off kevin smith last year. i hope the women still slog at

    September 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Reason

    The Murmurs were lame.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. sugar hiccup

    Derp had the best comment ever. Made ma LOL!

    September 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sleeveless Tee

    Remember when ladies stayed in the kitchen all day..yea those were the days..

    September 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  50. 10-30

    man how about oil wrestling that was cool.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidewinder

      We have a little bar out this way called the Shaved Beaver Bar and Grill Everton Missouri, that at least until last summer, was still putting on Jello Wrestling. Keeping American values safe here in the heartland!! Oooo-rahhh!!

      September 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Mudflap

    remember mud I miss that.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mejazzbo

      Jello wrestling by "responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity" could be the answer airlines are looking for to filling some seats.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  52. Evel Knievel

    I wish there was girl kissing on every flight. I'd fly to work every day.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Chaz

    H0m0 you dont! Lesbie friends..

    September 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • humberto

      Later in his remarks, Reagan said, “Michael Jackson is proof of what a person can accomplish through a lifestyle free of alcohol or drug abuse. People young and old can respect that. And if Americansp follow his example, then we can face up to the problem of drinking and driving, and we can, in Michael’s words, beat it.”

      Jackson spoke a total of 13 words at the event: “I’m very, very honored. Thank you very much, Mr. President and Mrs. Reagan.”

      September 28, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |

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