Southwest Air’s Family Values Don’t Include Kiss
By Misery Xchord

Leisha Hailey discriminated against by Southwest Air DOOM! MagazineLeisha Hailey, actress and musician in electropop group Uh Huh Her, was traveling with her partner on a Southwest Airlines flight on September 26, 2011 when they were removed from the plane after a PDA. Leisha took to her Twitter to protest their treatment by the airline.

Southwest Airlines has requested details of the incident via Twitter, as they did in the recent incident where they threw Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong off one of their flights for refusing an order to stop and pull his pants up higher while trying to maneuver himself and his luggage to his seat while boarding, and he took to Twitter to comment (he was able to board the following flight without issue), but have not yet released a statement.

(UPDATE: See Southwest’s statement at end of this post)

Southwest Air seems to be becoming infamous for receiving Twitter callouts on discriminatory treatment of passengers since the Too Fat To Fly incident involving filmmaker Kevin Smith in February of 2010, where he raked airline personnel publicly for their humiliating treatment of himself and other passengers arbitrarily deemed too heavy for SW’s seats.

@ Maybe you guys should put up a big sign that lists what you don't tolerate before we spend our money on your horrible service
@ We didn't know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values

So we've joined the ranks alongside @ and @ for being kicked off an @ flight, this time for being gay.

I have been discriminated against by @. Flt. attendant said that it was a "family" airline and kissing was not ok.
@Leisha_Hailey
Leisha Hailey

This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @ and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.
@Leisha_Hailey
Leisha Hailey

We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue. @ endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable.
@Leisha_Hailey
Leisha Hailey

Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as "family".
@Leisha_Hailey
Leisha Hailey

I know plenty of wonderful same sex families I would like to introduce them to. Boycott @ if you are gay. They don't like us.
@Leisha_Hailey
Leisha Hailey

Did I mention to @ that I have a lot of their actions recorded on audio and video? RT #boycottSouthwest #discrimination
@Leisha_Hailey
Leisha Hailey

I call for a boycott for @ for their intolerance. Period. Unacceptable. Keep hearing more stories of these incidences. Insane!
@ @ are you kidding me leish? i am trying to get my money back from sw for security breach someone painted
@SandraBernhard
Sandra Bernhard
@ @ arabic symbols on the planes in phoenix and sw is keeping it all under wraps. how dare they kick you off
@SandraBernhard
Sandra Bernhard
@ @ for kissing your lady! they are ridiculous. yes i would consider that illegal by the way.
@SandraBernhard
Sandra Bernhard
@ I'm so sorry! Can you please follow/DM me more details so we can get to the bottom of this? Thanks!
@SouthwestAir
Southwest Airlines

UPDATE:

Statement Regarding Southwest Airlines Customers Removed from Flight 2274
SEP 26 2011
Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. 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. We regret any circumstance where a passenger does not have a positive experience on Southwest and we are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectations.
Source:
http://www.swamedia.com


@ I didn't realize a small peck on the lips is regarded as excessive and never once did your stewardess mention other passengers

I want to say that we will always stand up to discrimination of any kind. It should not be tolerated. This was so unfortunate! Nuff said


So, readers… what do you think of SWA’s “Statement”?

Misery Xchord (97 Posts)

i am a very pretty hate machine. artist | illustrator | blogger | photographer (not a terrorist)