Not while the plane was in the air - that would be dangerous - but it looks like Southwest Airlines have kicked Leisha Hailey and Camilla Grey off a flight because they were gay:
"No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn't make it any less loud. You can't whisper hate," said the duo in a press release issued Sept. 27.Southwest are keen to make it clear they didn't eject them from the flight because they were gay at all. No, no: it was because they were too gay:
"In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar. 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."
Southwest Airlines claim Hailey -- perhaps best known for her role as Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime series 'The L-Word' -- was removed after some passengers complained about the "excessive" affection.Of course, Southwest will be able to back up their claim that this isn't homophobia by pointing to all the times they've thrown straight couples off the plane for showing excessive affection.
"Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender," they said in a statement. "The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight."
The airline added they'd work directly with Hailey and Grey to "offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation."
I guess it's a start that Southwest believes that lesbians might have an expectation that being gay doesn't prevent you from being on a plane.