There’s been a lot of celebrities having problems with a particular airline lately.
On Monday (9/26), Leisha Hailey and her Uh Huh Her bandmate and girlfriend Camila Grey were kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight for sharing a kiss with each other.
According to an official statement from the band, the couple was apprehended less than five minutes after getting on the plane, and told that this was a “family airline.” “We were never told the reason the flight attendant approached us, we were only scolded that we ‘need to be aware that Southwest Airlines was a family oriented airline’.”
The full statement reads:
We have always promoted tolerance, openness and equality both as a band and as individuals. We both come from loving homes where our parents not only love and accept us, but are also proud of who we are. 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. We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple. We were on the airplane less than 5 minutes when all was said and done. We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a “family airline.” We were never told the reason the flight attendant approached us, we were only scolded that we “needed to be aware that Southwest Airlines was a family oriented airline.” No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn’t make it any less loud. You can’t whisper hate. 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 it’s 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.” The above is not an apology and we are in the process of filing a formal complaint with the airline. We hope that when all is said and done a greater tolerance without prejudice will evolve.
In a statement made by the airline, the couple was said to be removed for their “profane language” and “aggressive reaction,” and not for their public display of affection. Southwest claims to be a LGBT friendly airline.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Southwest has thrown a celebrity off of a plane for no good reason. Earlier this month, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted about being kicked off a flight for his pants sagging too low. Director Kevin Smith was refused a seat last year because he was deemed too overweight to fit in just one.
Despite this unfortunate occurrence, Uh Huh Her is getting ready to release their second full length album, Nocturnes, on October 11th (which I had the pleasure of talking with the band about before their show at Santos Party House earlier this year). The band is set to play a show at Irving Plaza on October 10th.