Southwest Airlines has issued a cautious apology for kicking Uh Huh Her's Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend off of a flight for becoming upset when a flight attendant told them the airline was a “family” airline and they had to stop kissing, according to Advocate.com.
The Twitterverse was on fire Monday when Leisha began to Tweet furiously about the incident from both her own Twitter account and the Uh Huh Her Twitter account.
"So we've joined the ranks alongside @BJAofficial and @ThatKevinSmith for being kicked off an @SouthwestAir flight, this time for being gay. @SouthwestAir We didn't know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values"
Later, Leisha let out a series of angry Tweets saying that she’d been discriminated against, demanding an apology and threatening to start a boycott.
Since the blogosphere lit up over the story around 2:15 PST on Monday Southwest cobbled together an apology implying that the behavior was excessive, that the airline had every right to ask them to stop and that they would have done the same whether the couple was gay or straight.
Here’s what Southwest had to say about the incident:
“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 expectation.”