It seems flying with Southwest is starting to become a diabolical nightmare, as it racks up yet another instance of questionable judgement. Against gay people. Hmm. The details to the latest fiasco are as follows:
Singer/actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend Nina Garduno were doing what any normal loving affectionate couple get up t0- yes they were making out, touching and giving each other some warm embraces. Ok- that wouldn’t be the first time anyone has witnessed such a thing and perhaps get a tingly feeling themselves. Not so at Southwest airlines.
Apparently as the plane was getting ready for departure, a flight attendant feeling a tad uncomfortable (you know how the lesbian, gay thing can make certain people cry and wince and think certain unimaginable horrors) accosted the couple and asked them to stop. Aghast and mortified (cause really would the couple have been approached had they been straight or was the affection really a bit on the x rated side hmm?) the couple complained that they were being discriminated against when the steward retorted, according to Hailey’s tweet later about the incident:
‘Flt. attendant said that it was a ‘family’ airline and kissing was not ok.’
Deep breath and then this:
“This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAirand a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.”
“Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive,” and the ensuing conversation with the women, “escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground.”
All of which raises several questions- what do we mean by family airline? Or rather what does Southwest mean by family airline? Cause what we think it means doesn’t necessarily sound like what Southwest think what family means.
Were the couple being too affectionate in public? Would a straight couple have received a reproach had it been them sitting in the same seats? Why do some of us get so uncomfortable when it comes to the public display of affection of same sex relationships? And should Ms Hailey have bitten the bullet and piped down or was she right to insist that she be allowed to be free to express her affection for her girlfriend even in a closed container like a plane as opposed to a park?
Either way, it doesn’t look like Southwest is sitting a great precedent with the gay and lesbian community. A shame really…