Stars Angry At Southwest Airlines

Celebrities are standing behind Leisha Hailey after she was kicked off a plane for kissing her girlfriend. Read on to see what they had to say.

Leisha Hailey

When Southwest Airlines kicked Leisha Hailey off a plane for kissing her girlfriend, they didn't just make The L Word star angry -- they fired up a whole legion of celebrities who are passionate about LGBT rights.

Twitter lit up with the stars' indignation, most vocally from actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard. She wrote, "@Leisha_Hailey @SouthwestAir for kissing your lady! they are ridiculous. yes i would consider that illegal by the way. this is a hoot @leisha_hailey @uhhuhhermusic Southwest Airlines The LUV Airline! the 'luv' airline. what kind of 'luv' are ya talkin bout?"

"Won't stop until @southwestair refunds in full payment on tickets from ny-phoenix #boycottsouthwest #whatwasithinkingtobeginwith," Bernhard continued. "Please return my managers calls today @southwestair i want a full refund on my upcoming ny-phoenix tickets, i do not want to fly with you."

Kevin Smith was booted off a Southwest flight for being too fat last year, and he defended Haley against his nemesis airline.

"Via @brett0929 'you see @leisha_hailey's trouble w/ @SouthwestAir? booted for kissing her girlfriend.' Sounds like a case of Too Fab to Fly," Smith tweeted.

"I can tell you from experience that SWA first lies with a cover story, and then quietly changes it without admitting," he wrote.

Sophia Bush got into the act, writing, "Dear @SouthwestAir you seriously told @Leisha_Hailey that she could not kiss her GF on the plane & escorted them off? I see straight couples kissing on planes all the time. Is discrimination a standard part of your policy? How sad, ignorant, and disgusting. #LostCustomer #NOH8"

"If a straight couple can kiss in public, a gay couple can too," Bush continued. "That's equality. That's tolerance. That's right & fair & kind."

For their part, Southwest Airlines says the couple was removed from the flight not for the kiss but because they were using profane language.

"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," said the airline in a public statement. "At least one family who was offended by the loud profanity moved to another area of the cabin."

"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."

Tell us: Were the actions of Southwest Airlines reasonable or discriminatory?

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Comments on "Stars react to Leisha Hailey kissing scandal"

Andreas October 07, 2011 | 9:56 PM

All I'm seeing in the two comments so far is 'when society is homophobic, don't dare have the courage to stand up to the stupidity of it all." By all counts, there was *1* kiss that was objected to by *1* family. Is that really all it takes to set and rights back a century, *1* objection? Damn straight I'd loudly protest being asked to leave a flight because I was kissing, knowing straight couples have been kissing millions of times on planes and never been asked to leave. What next.... a parent giving their kid a comforting kiss and being charged with being a pedophile?

Dal4Cats September 29, 2011 | 3:59 PM

Let's be fair. If she were straight with her boyfriend/husband snogging away, she would have been asked to tone it down. Being had NOTHING to do with this. If she had any class, she'd have paid attention to the flight attendant, held her lover's hand lovingly, & waited until they got a motel room. No. She wanted to act inappropriately whenever in front of whomever and to hell with social etiquette. I support rights, but to be honest, I'm sick of the "" card that is constantly being played, just like the feminist card and the racist card and the Muslim card and the Christian card, ad nauseum. If someone is complaining, deal with it. Some passengers were complaining that it was excessive. Don't go off on a flight attendant and scream discrimination. It is the responsibility of the passenger to heed the requests of the flight attendant no matter what the passenger thinks of it. Just deal with it and leave your Twitter friends out of it. It was her belligerence that got her booted off. Smooch or snog -- it really does not matter. I think the flight attendant should be commended for remaining professional in the face of profanity and abuse from an ignorant ass.

Debbie Hyman September 29, 2011 | 8:55 AM

If they were escorted off the plane for the language and the following esculating situation after being confronted then absolutly!! I personally would not like to see anyone making out on a plane and as I am a christian person take offense to a public make out session. But again as I read it Southwest was in the right because of the language and reaction from the couple when confronted for the use of profanity.

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