Chaos reigned at a Florida airport on May 8 when a massive brawl broke out at the Spirit Airlines gate. Passengers were livid that nine flights had been canceled, leaving 500 stuck in Ft. Lauderdale. Watch the brutal fight here!
The Ft. Lauderdale Airport turned into a fight club on May 8, when Spirit Airlines canceled 11 flights at the same time. Obviously, this wasn’t going to go over well with passengers, but nobody expected an all-out fight in the terminal! Angry passengers got off a plane on Monday night when their flight was unexpectedly canceled.
The latest national airline snafu happened fight broke out at the ticket counter when some passengers got into it with airline employees and police as 500 others watched. Three people were arrested — two men and one woman — according to The Palm Beach Post. Desmond Waul, 22, Janice Waul, 24, and Devante Garrett, 22, were all charged with starting a riot, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and trespassing, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) May 9, 2017
Police claim in the arrest report that the trio “challenged [airline employees] to step outside to fight,” causing the 500 people-deep crowd to become “became enraged, fearful or visually upset.” They also allegedly refused to leave the airport after multiple requests by police, and allegedly threatened the police with physical violence.
So why were the whopping nine flights canceled that night, causing the mayhem? Spirit says it’s because there was a lack of airline staff. So, basically the opposite of the United Airlines horror? Hundreds of Spirit flights have been canceled over the last week all over the country, according to CNN, because pilots are trying to negotiating contract labor with the Airlines Pilots Association (ALPA).
The union told pilots they should be unavailable for flights until the new contracts are negotiated. Spirit has filed a lawsuit against ALPA, saying that they’re “orchestrating an unlawful shutdown.”The airline issued a volatile statement about the Ft. Lauderdale incident, blaming the pilots:
“We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport this evening. This is a result of unlawful labor activity by some Spirit pilots designed to disrupt Spirit operations for our customers, by canceling multiple flights across our network. 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.”
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