Outraged Passengers Brawl After Spirit Airlines Cancels Flights
Furious, screaming passengers can be seen brawling at a Florida airport.
Chaos erupted at a Florida airport after Spirit Airlines canceled flights Monday night.
Furious, screaming passengers can be seen brawling and falling to the ground in video taken by bystanders near a ticket counter at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
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Broward County deputies were called in to stop the trouble. Footage shows at least one passenger being taken away in handcuffs, while another passenger was pinned to the ground by three officers.
After order was restored, deputies lined up in the terminal, just in case they were needed again.
Sheriff’s deputies detained three passengers and charged them with disorderly conduct, WSVN reported Tuesday.
Hundreds of passengers were left stranded Monday after Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights, including one to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
Spirit says the cancelations were due to a work slowdown by the Airline Pilots Association. Spirit has filed a lawsuit against the association.
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"We are shocked and saddened to see the videos," the airline said. "This is a result of unlawful labor activity by some Spirit pilots designed to disrupt Spirit operations for our customers."
But the Airlines Pilots Association said that its members "are not engaged in a job action."
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