Spirit Airlines: Massive airport brawl breaks out after airline cancels 9 flights

Spirit Airlines: Massive airport brawl breaks out after airline cancels 9 flights
Source: AP
Source: AP

It hasn't been a great year for commercial airlines. 

A chaotic scene broke out Monday night at the Spirit Airlines counter at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the budget airline announced it was canceling nine flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded, CBS News reported.

Twitter user Jose Rodriguez shared a video of the scene, in which angry passengers appear to push, shove and scream at each other before uniformed officers pull people apart.

A total of three people were arrested and one more was detained at the airport, WPEC reported.

According to CBS News, the canceled flights were a result of ongoing negotiations between Spirit Airlines and its pilots, who are in the midst of negotiating a new contract.

Spirit Airlines doesn't have a great track record for customer satisfaction. In 2017 it ranked last in a nationwide air travel survey for the third year in a row.

But lately, other airlines haven't been doing much better when it comes to public opinion. 

United Airlines has had a string of public mess-ups, including the violent dragging of passenger David Dao, who declined to give up his seat on an oversold flight in April, and the high-profile death of a rabbit who reportedly died on board an international United flight later that same month. Delta Air Lines, meanwhile, apologized after a video went viral of a family being kicked off one of its flights. 

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Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

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