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Delta Says It's Bringing Sexuality Back to Some ‘Booksmart,' ‘Rocketman' Scenes

The airline says it originally chose edited versions even though the omitted scenes would have met its standards

Delta Air Lines said Friday night it would immediately begin showing versions of the films "Booksmart" and "Rocketman" that include scenes covering girls' sexuality and gay identity. The scenes had previously been omitted from in-flight showings, NBC News reports.

The airline was singled out on social media for running edited versions of "Booksmart," a comedy about high school friends directed by Olivia Wilde, that apparently excluded a lesbian sex scene, cut the words "vagina" and "genitals," and nixed an animated sequence where the main characters, both girls, turned into naked dolls.

On Wednesday, without mentioning Delta, Wilde said she finally got to see an in-flight version of her film. 

"Turns out some airlines work with a third party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate," she tweeted. "Which, in our case, is ... female sexuality?"

In its statement, the airline said it had selected edited version of the films in question even though the omitted scenes would have met its standards. It did not say why this happened.

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