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Three Philadelphia women had what might be described as a spirited response to a flight delay at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Airport on Tuesday night.
They “landed” in jail as a result, and their departure was postponed until the next day.
After getting through long TSA screening queues and whatnot, not-on-time departures are understandably frustrating for travelers, but this incident takes it to a whole other level.
Apparently upset over the delay to their return flight, they allegedly threw items such as shoes, water bottles, metal signs, and fast food at Spirit Airlines employees at the gate.
“[E]mployees were punched and kicked repeatedly,” after they allegedly charged Spirit workers behind the counter, the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed.
Spirit employees managed to calm things down after about a minute.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the encounter.
A cell phone video of the encounter in Terminal 4 went viral on social media. See the footage embedded below.
This video is disturbing. It happened at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport Tuesday night. 3 women attacked Spirit employees after their flight back to Philly was delayed. They were arrested. https://t.co/nVGRuS8qek
— Ryan Elijah FOX 35 (@ryanelijah) July 16, 2020
Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrested all three on battery charges. One of the travelers was booked on an additional charge of petty theft for allegedly swiping a Spirit worker’s cell phone. The trio bonded out the following morning.
In a statement, the airline explained that “Three guests became combative following a delayed flight, and they were arrested for physically assaulting our Team Members. Three of our Team Members sustained minor injuries.
“We thank our team members for their professionalism and quick actions, and we also thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their assistance …This violent behavior is completely unacceptable and has absolutely no place in airports or any other place of business. We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind. Further questions about this incident should be referred to law enforcement.”
The brawl prompted a big reaction on Twitter. Here is sample.
Isn’t it a federal crime if something like this occurs in an airport?
— Gary Kaltbaum (@GaryKaltbaum) July 16, 2020
This is what happens when kids are never told “no” or when their temper tantrums were ignored and not stopped as toddlers. This is what happens when mom and dad are absent (physically or emotionally or both).
— kelli stackle (@KelliStackle) July 16, 2020
First off…..this is Spirit Airlines
My wife’s flight was cancelled because they didn’t have a pilot 😂😂😂😂
You get what you pay for, but glad these jackasses got arrested !!!!!
— Jason Landry (@18wheelsUPSer) July 16, 2020
And these are the stupid people from which the rest of us are supposed to be socially distancing, right? Good luck if you get on an airplane and are 30,000 feet in the air with this kind of passenger! They should be arrested and put on a no-fly list.
— Sally Eastman (@sallyeastman1) July 16, 2020
I’ve flown Spirit 2x both the police came on board before take off and arrested 1 a Dad with baby by himself. The other a disruptor before take off. Never again. But these chicks will be banned and now be listed on the no fly list. They do it to themselves.
— Kim 🇺🇸 (@klehmann63) July 16, 2020
A little work is still needed in the ‘social skills’ department. Some education on how air travel works – teaching that the employees checking them in and weighing their luggage have absolutely no control of arrival or departure times would have been helpful too.
— ED HAAS (@NewsLibertatem) July 16, 2020
I’ve been delayed in Dallas for days on end and kept it together. Not that hard to regulate your own behavior and emotion if you’re a GD adult.
— stephiegal (@stephiegal) July 16, 2020
Due to Flight delayed…. Guess they are really delayed now due to being arrested !!! 🤣 Sorry ladies, your behavior only made things worse for yourselves, didn’t it ? 😲😞👎😡
— Me (@MIGal2019) July 16, 2020
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