Actress Leisha Hailey has issued a strong statement in response to an incident in which she and her partner were kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hailey, who starred in Showtime’s “The L Word,” and her partner, Camila Grey, refute the airline’s claim that the couple engaged in an “excessive” display of affection.
In the statement, the couple say: “We believe everyone has the right to live openly in this society as equals. 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.”
The statement adds: “We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple.”
The airline, apparently responding to complaints from other passengers, approached the couple about the incident, which led to a heated conversation.
According to Southwest: “The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”
Hailey and Grey said they intend to follow through with a formal complaint against the airline.
Their statement adds: “We ask this airline to teach their employees to not discriminate against any couple, ever, regardless of their own beliefs. We want to live in a society where if your loved one leans over to give you an innocent kiss on an airplane it’s not labeled as ‘excessive or not family oriented’ by a corporation and its employees. We find it very disturbing that the same airline who lauds itself as being LGBT friendly has twisted an upsetting incident that happened into our behavior being ‘too excessive.’ "