Major Brawl Erupts Following Spirit Airlines Flight Cancellations
Another day, another airline controversy. Spirit Airlines is making headlines this morning after a full-out brawl broke out, all thanks to hundreds of canceled flights.
We should start this story by saying … none of this is shocking given Spirit Airlines’ track record. But we digress.
Over the past week, over 300 flights had been canceled nationwide, but on Monday, passengers passing through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport hit their wits’ end.
Passengers grew livid with airline employees, which led to straight-up pandemonium inside the airport. As chaos erupted and angry passengers voiced their concerns, deputies had to step in to stop one group of upset paying customers.
According to reports, a group of people whose flight had just been canceled stormed off their plane and aggressively approached the ticket counter, where other passengers were waiting in line.
In one video hitting the Web, deputies can be seen forcing one man to the ground. “Yo, yo, yo yo what the F!” one woman can be heard screaming in the background.
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According to the airline, pilot unavailability is to blame for the hundreds of canceled flights. Paul Berry, a spokesman for Spirit, said the company is “shocked and saddened” by the events that took place at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
“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,” Berry said in a statement.
The airline plans on suing the group of pilots in court.
Folks on Twitter spoke out about the controversy and for many, they weren’t exactly shocked.
The airport brawl comes just weeks after United Airlines came under fire for aggressively dragging passenger David Dao off an overbooked flight. One week ago, Delta Airlines also got blasted for kicking a man off a flight for using the restroom before takeoff.