May 27, 2017

Chaos at Florida airport after Spirit flights canceled

19 May 2017, 08:26 | Taylor George

Chaos broke out at a Florida airport Monday night when hundreds of people found out their flights were canceled, landing three people from NY behind bars.

Lauderdale Airport turned into a fight club on May 8, when Spirit Airlines canceled 11 flights at the same time. Three passengers were taken into custody, according to Broward County Sheriff's Office.

There are heated situations, and then there's the kind of chaos that has the police stepping in to break things up. CNN reports that the company has canceled over 300 flights in the past seven days, and tensions among travelers are beginning to boil over. Lauderdale airport Monday evening.

Spirit canceled 81 flights on Sunday alone, according to the lawsuit, comprising approximately 17% of the carrier's scheduled flights for the day.

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Three passengers were arrested Monday night at a Florida airport after anger and frustration over canceled flights erupted into a brawl inside a terminal.

Spirit blamed the flight cancellations that preceded the incident on labor negotiations with its pilots. The pilots say they're working without a contract, CBS News reports, but Spirit says the pilots are taking putting their "quest for a new contract ahead of getting customers to their destinations". The individuals, who were from NY, screamed at airline workers and "challenged them to step outside to fight", according to arrest reports obtained by TIME. Spirit has filed a lawsuit in federal court that alleges the cancellations happened because of pilot unavailability, which is supposedly being caused by the Airline Pilots Association International (ALPA) in what Spirit calls an unlawful slowdown.

"While we will continue these efforts, we will actively defend the association, its officers and its member pilots against the unwarranted and counterproductive legal Spirit Airlines", ALPA said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Airline Pilots Association claims its members are not engaged in job action. "Well, at least Spirit Airlines is looking better these days", someone out there probably thought to themselves.

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