Actress in 'lesbian kiss' plane row
Published 27/09/2011 | 02:46
A lesbian actress who starred in US TV show The L-Word claims she was escorted off of a flight for kissing her girlfriend.
Leisha Hailey took to Twitter to call for a boycott of carrier Southwest Airlines after a flight attendant told them other passengers had complained.
Hailey tweeted: "Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?"
Southwest responded on its website that Hailey was approached "based solely on behaviour and not gender".
The actress and a bandmate from the group Uh Huh Her were on a flight from Baltimore to St Louis.
The Dallas, Texas-based airline said passengers were characterising Hailey's behaviour as excessive. A discussion followed on the flight and the airline said it "escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground".
Hailey was a musician before joining the cast of the Showtime drama featuring the lives of lesbian friends and lovers living in Los Angeles. She played the character Alice Pieszecki.
The kissing incident occurred in the air and a discussion followed when the plane landed. Hailey said the encounter between the couple and a flight attendant was recorded.
Earlier this month the airline kicked off Green Day's lead man, Grammy winner Billie Joe Armstrong, for wearing his trousers too low and failing to follow a flight attendant's directive to pull them up.
Southwest also removed director Kevin Smith from a flight last year because he did not fit properly in a single seat. His first tweet read: "Dear (at)SouthwestAir I know I'm fat, but was (the) captain (.) really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"