The romantically involved female members of Uh Huh Her, Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey, were escorted off of a Southwest Airlines flight on Sunday after a confrontation with the flight crew. Details are still hazy but in a statement issued yesterday by the band, they say they were approached by cabin crew after a “modest kiss.” According to them, a flight attendant said that Southwest is a “family airline,” which sparked the altercation. The band admits they became “verbally upset” but say they were removed from the plane not for shouting but because of their sexual orientation. Hailey is also an actress on the Showtime drama The L Word.
In a statement issued by the airline, they say “Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender.” Exactly how vocal things got remains unclear, but loud enough that the airline decided it was better settled “on the ground, as opposed to in flight”. A second report states that some passengers were offended by the couple’s language and reassert that action was taken based solely on behavior. “Although we have reports of what Customers characterize as an excessive public display of affection, ultimately their aggressive reaction led to their removal from the aircraft,” said Southwest in a statement. Ironically, Southwest is the official airline of the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
It hasn’t been a great couple of years for Southwest. A five-foot hole appearing in the cabin mid-flight in April, Director Kevin Smith getting bumped for being too fat and Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong loosing his seat because his pants were too low. It may be time to spring for a Learjet.