Angry passengers cause chaos at Florida airport over flight cancellation


Confusion broke out at a Florida air terminal on Monday after numerous Spirit Airlines flights were cancelled, prompting long lines, angry clients and squabbles, according to police.

Deputies were called to the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to deal with commotion there after several passengers became angry, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

“There were several people there that were upset,” the department’s spokeswoman Gina Carter told ABC News on Monday. “We were called in to just make sure that things were kept from getting very unruly.”

Carter said there were no injuries reported and things seem to be under control now. She did not say if there were any arrests made, but cellphone video showed at least three people being taken away in handcuffs by deputies.

One witness told ABC’s Florida affiliate WSVN on Monday that multiple people were detained. “I saw two people go down on the floor and get … handcuffed and dragged out of here,” said the passenger, who was not named in the report.

Another passenger said he saw officers apprehending a woman. “There was a lady [detained] earlier. She was quite upset and very vocal about her frustrations,” he said. “I see people are very disappointed.”

Spirit, a Florida-based discount airline, blamed the chaos on a canceled flights as a result of labor negotiations with its pilots.

“We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport this evening,” the company said in a statement Monday. “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.”

The company accused the pilots of putting their “quest for a new contract ahead of getting customers to their destinations” and the safety of Spirit staff.

Culled from ABCnews


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