Massive Fight Erupts in Florida Airport After Spirit Airlines Canceled 9 Flights

A ground crew worker guides a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 aircraft, arriving from Las Vegas, into gate A31 at Denver International Airport welcoming Spirit Airlines to Denver Thursday morning. Andy Cross, The Denver Post  (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Massive Fight Erupts in Florida Airport After Spirit Airlines Canceled 9 Flights

Three people were arrested and the company had this to say.

Published May 9, 2017

Airport travel is often a stress-inducing process for many; however, for Spirit Airlines passengers at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, their time in the terminal resulted in chaos and fighting. 

On Monday night, Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights, which led to angry customers crowding around a disorganized ticketing counter. 

"Everyone was already aggravated about flight delays and the ridiculousness of standing in such a long line for hours, which Spirit Airlines did nothing to help, and then in walks these people off their flight raising a ruckus (and) cussing and screaming and they went straight to the counter," Cindy Matthews Beard, a Spirit passenger, told CNN.

  1. As Broward County deputies stepped in to diffuse the tension between customers and staff, a fight broke out

    #spiritairlines right now 😳 this shit is wild, canceled flights

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  2. The scuffle resulted in a massive brawl which occupied most of the terminal space
  3. Deputies took some passengers to the ground, 3 of whom were arrested
  4. According to Spirit officials, a lawsuit against their pilot union is to blame for the increased cancellations

    "These pilots have put their quest for a new contract ahead of getting customers to their destinations and the safety of their fellow Spirit Team Members," Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry said in a statement.

    Over the last seven days, nearly 300 Spirit flights have been canceled nationwide. 

    In the federal lawsuit filed by the airline, the company claimed the pilots' union — the Airline Pilots Association, International (ALPA) — has coordinated the unlawful and inconvenient slowdown.

  5. However, many feel the airline should have protected its workers and unions and paid fair wages

Written by Rachel Herron


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