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Southwest to 'L-Word' Star

Passengers Complained About

"Excessive" Lesbian PDA

9/26/2011 2:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Southwest Airlines
claims it only kicked a lesbian "L-Word" actress off a flight today after multiple passengers complained about her "excessive" affectionate behavior with another woman.

As we previously reported, Leisha Hailey went on a Twitter rampage hours ago -- claiming a flight attendant booted her and her GF for kissing on the plane ... because SW is a "family" airline.

Now, SWA has released a statement ... explaining, "Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive."

The statement continues, "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."

Still, SWA notes, "We are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation."

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Professor Chaos    

Seriously Southwest? You don't stop two chicks from making out on your plane. You announce it over the intercom and let the guys come and watch.. possibly beat on out of them while the two girls put on a show. What a bunch or erection killers they have working there.

1039 days ago
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j    

Good. No one wants to see it from them or any one for that matter. If it was excessive and more than one person complained...no big deal. TMZ to make a gay issue BIGGER thanit needs to be...

GAY agenda much???

1039 days ago
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tre    

i don't think this has anything 2 do with affection, more like trying 2 grab a cheap headline, i myself am gay, there's a time and place 4 everything, we're always talking about wanting 2b respected but it goes both way's, respect str8 folks as well, and remember not everybody is comfortable in certain situations

1039 days ago
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Ron    

You definitely know all the people who complained were women. Why? Because there husbands were probably jockeying for position to watch the girl on girl kissing.... God damn i need a cold shower now.

1039 days ago
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JW    

So much for me or my multitude of air travelers ever flying Southwest again.

1039 days ago
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Hank    

The airline did the right thing. There is no reason that anyone gay or straight needs to be making out on a plane. It's just wrong and you are all in a confined space it's called just being respectful. Of course because they're gay it's a gay issue, couldn't just be that is wasn't the right thing to do.

1039 days ago
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Gomer    

Was there carpet munching going on??

1039 days ago
8.

kp    

a little more information comes out, she gives gays a bad name when she pulls this crap. Grow up .

1039 days ago
9.

Claus    

Only guys and ugly chicks need to keep it in the bedroom. Hotties, go nuts! Southwest please!

1039 days ago
10.

VictoriaGirl    

So if it were a man and a woman making out then they would have kicked them off the plane too? BS!

1039 days ago
11.

Kiko    

I never understood the desire to publicly assert one's sexuality, be they straight of gay. It just reeks of someone with personality issues.

1039 days ago
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MoonDust    

I seriously doubt it was because they are LESBOS, I mean the airline industry is one of the most accepting when it comes to gays. Anyone who flies often would see that from a mile away. The flight deck is another story though . . .

1039 days ago
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Kraffty    

think it's time for her to star on the "STFU Word" show, and thank you for flying SW

1039 days ago
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j    

By the way, the call to boycott Southwest is so stupid. Go ahead and boycott and when you need to fly pay more on another airline. Stupid for you.

1039 days ago
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Robbin    

I can't for the life of me figure out why Americans keep flying SWA. Don't you have a better option?

1039 days ago
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