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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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31.

Jade    

I agree that if it was excessive PDA then it does become uncomfortable for the other passengers whether they were straight or gay. Do you really want to be the third seat in their row having to try to ignore them making out? Or in the row next to them? I am sure the complaints would have been made even if it was a guy and girl. It appears this girl wanted to cause a scene and then cry discrimination if anyone said something. As for Southwest Airlines, it appears that some of you are making assumptions and do not realize that this airline recognizes domestic partnerships and offers insurance for employee partners. They also work with and support the GLBT community. So please be informed before making assumptions.

1092 days ago
32.

Rogue Warrior    

See, only within the THZ zone is this main stream behavior. Keep it in the bedroom and not in front of the children riding this plane. Get a grip Harvey.

1092 days ago
33.

Rogue Warrior    

Will somebody please ask Harvey on TMZ live if he plans to marry his boyfriend when gay marriage becomes legal in CA????

1092 days ago
34.

Luna    

Honestly I don't think hetrosexual or homosexual people should be making out on airplanes.

I highly doubt it's because these 2 were gay. People making out on planes isn't a common thing and most people do not do it. Which is why people were complaining.

1092 days ago
35.

ANDERSON H8TURD, V.P.    

There's nothing wrong with seeing two women having a good time - a little pelvis pulverizing never hurt anyone - it's natural and gorgeous. Now, if it were two MEN together.... well now that's just gross and disgusting and they should be arrested.

1092 days ago
36.

TXLady    

Face it, they were making a spectacle of themselves and were determined to create a scene and push their agenda. I don't care what your sexuality is, there is a time and a place for this type of behavior and I would be just as offended if it was a man and a woman. I suspect a lawsuit will be forthcoming and they will be expecting a payday!

1092 days ago
37.

Bobby    

Sounds like she was trying to bring attention to herself and her girlfriend. It worked.

1092 days ago
38.

irish35    

You had to have been there to know that SW did the absolute correct thing. There were kids present, and common decency says you don't pet heavily on a flight with kids watching. That's just wrong. They were asked to stop, made a stink, and off they went. How do I know? My son was on that flight, and he said it was like they were just doing it all for attention, and it just wasn't the time or place for it. It was their stink about it that got them in trouble. You don't create issues on a in air flight, period. Gay, straight or whatever.

1092 days ago
39.

SantaFeJack    

Gay or straight, there's a time and place for everything. The fact that multiple passengers were offended says a lot. Throw the bums off of the plane and thell them to "grow up"! I'm gay.

1092 days ago
40.

Rogue Warrior    

It's obvious, the gays don't get what they THINK is theirs and they bitch. Warner Brothers should come out and tell all people watching a Disney movie their liberal stance on this issue and see what happens! You may have a home in CA, but that's about it at the moment.

1092 days ago
41.

jpierce26    

I believe Southwest. Why would they discriminate against gays? Half the cre themselves are gay aren't they :)? I think excessive making out, or baby crying, or 14 babies on board is not worth the price of a ticket and they need to get the hell off!

1092 days ago
42.

Rogue Warrior    

The Homosexual Zone is working overtime lately. Harvey, why not come clean with the truth about your fellow but pirate being a talent scout in Hollyweird??

1092 days ago
43.

Kaveman    

Yuck! Who is that nasty looking lady? Is he a transvestite?

1092 days ago
44.

jimmy d    

I KNEW IT! The first thing I thought is that this woman and her girlfriend must've really gone over the top with their sexual antics. I don't really think most people care if someone is gay, straight or whatever. Just don't make a Broadway production of your affection. Most straight couples know what is inappropriate behavior, however gay couples really GAY IT UP! in public. I have seen gay men practically blow loads in each others faces while telegraphing how much they like each other. STOP! Just like no one cares to see unattractive couples do it, no one cares to see you either. I KNEW THERE WAS MORE TO THE STORY! Please don't gay it up in public lesbos!

1092 days ago
45.

Rocco    

No one should be doing that on a plane. Gotta use some common sense, people.

1092 days ago
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