Video: Spirit Airlines cancels nine flights, hundreds of angry passengers react

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSAV) – News 3 reports on the chaos that erupted last night after Spirit Airlines flight cancellations.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (NBC) – Pandemonium erupted Monday night inside the terminal at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

“People were getting arrested left and right, nowhere to sit, nowhere to stand,” said passenger Jennifer Glann.

The cancellations come amid labor negotiations between the pilot’s union and Spirit Airlines.

Spirit blamed the grounded flights on pilots refusing to pick up unassigned trips, even filing a lawsuit against the union claiming that “the pilots are engaged in this illegal slowdown in order to bring pressure on Spirit during current negotiations//Cancelled flights due to pilot unavailability have impacted over 20,000 passengers since May 1.”

The union denies those allegations, and released a statement reading “The pilots are not engaged in a job action. Rather they are continuing to do everything possible to help restore the company’s operations, which have experienced significant problems over the past several days.”

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FORT LAUDERDALE (NBC) – Hundreds of people at a Fort Lauderdale airport became unruly when they learned that Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights.

Cell phone footage shot by passengers shows security agents tussling with upset passengers.

The airlines said some of its pilots had refused to fly, which resulted in the cancellations and set off the angry customers.

If you or someone you know has booked a flight through Spirit, the airline asks to please call ahead to check on the flight status.

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