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Southwest Airlines Kicks Uh Huh Her Off Plane for Same-Sex Kiss

Update: Uh Huh Her's Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey have issued a statement to Southwest Airlines.

Los Angeles indie-electro act Uh Huh Her's Leisha Hailey was booted off of a Southwest Airlines flight today for engaging in a same-sex kiss on board. The ex-The L Word actress joins Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong (sagging pants) and director Kevin Smith (too fat) as passengers who have been removed from this airline -- and then followed with an angry rant via Twitter about it.

"I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a "family" airline and kissing was not ok," she tweeted on Monday afternoon. This is from the company dubbed "the official airline of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against

Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA), and the

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)."

According to an earlier tweet, she and bandmate Camila Grey were visiting family in El Paso, Texas over the weekend. After Hailey and her partner argued about the restrictions about showing affection on board, "We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue." Later postings have Hailey understandably calling for a Southwest Airlines boycott. Can we get an "Uh Uh" (while waving the finger vigorously)?

Here's the timeline of what Hailey reported so far (via @Leisha_Hailey and @UhHuhHerMusic):

And, so far this is all Southwest has had to say in return:

Ouch. That doesn't sound like they're getting back on the plane. We'll update this with further information as it becomes available.

Update: So much for "GLBT Outreach."

Update: Southwest has issued a statement: "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 are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation."

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