'Carol' Same-Sex Kissing Edited Out in Delta Airlines Flights

Delta Plane Carol Still Split H 2016
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Airborne viewers of the film called the edits out on Twitter.

Delta Air Lines has been airing an edited version of Carol with the kissing scenes between stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara removed. The version apparently leaves in heterosexual kissing and displays of affection, according to passengers who posted about the edits on social media. 

"If we were worried about kissing, we wouldn't be showing the film, but because there are scenes with more than a few seconds of nudity, we opted for the edited version instead of the theatrical version," a Delta airlines rep said in a statement on Friday.

Airline distribution for the R-rated film was handled by CineSky Pictures, motion picture and tape distribution company based in Los Angeles. "Any film over a rating of PG has standard edits for airline use," a spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter. "In every case there is an edited version and a theatrical version of the film. Each airline in the world then has the choice to select according to their company’s internal guidelines."

The Weinstein Co., which released the film domestically, declined to comment on the matter.

The inconsistencies appeared to be first noticed by Twitter user Cameron Esposito, and pointed out by pop culture website AfterEllen.

A statement from Delta in reference to a similar complaint made in April was published by AfterEllen. Delta said it chose to go with the edits because of its "diverse customer base" from "around the world" and that it takes objections to the edit "very seriously."

Since Delta is an international carrier, it flies to countries that often require tamer versions of films than the ones shown domestically. Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, however, pointed out on Twitter that domestic carriers American and United both opted for the full theatrical release.

Carol, which garnered six Oscar nominations, was initially released last November and went on to gross over $40 million worldwide. 

In January, ABC declined to air a television spot for the film, telling the distributor to "provide more coverage on both women in the scenes" in the 60-second advertisement submitted to the network. 

Aug. 5, 3:40 p.m. PT: updated with CineSky statement