Spirit Airlines cancels 11 flights in Florida, passengers brawl, Twitter gets involved too

Spirit Airlines cancels 11 flights and delays several others, Twitterati compares it with United Airlines as a scuffle breaks out between passengers and security at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida.

Chaos broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida when Spirit Airlines Inc passengers ended up brawling with their staff over cancelled flights. While the Florida-based carrier shifted the blame to its pilots, nearly 20,000 customers were affected by the fiasco. This has cost the company revenue worth $8.5 million along with a whole lot of public shaming.

The airlines has filed a lawsuit against its pilots to refrain them from purposefully and unlawfully disrupting their operations. Three arrests were made at the end of the scuffle, with passengers threatening to harm employees. This brings the grand total of arrests made by the airlines in the past week to 300.

Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff stepped into the scene when a crowd of nearly 500 passengers began behaving aggressively. Video footage from the airport shows travelers fighting with each other as security officials attempted to bring order at the airport.

The spokesman of the airlines, Paul Berry said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place.” According to reports, 11 flights were cancelled at Fort Lauderdale Airport and 31 others were delayed. It wasn’t long before the footage of the brawls was shared widely on social media with Twitter hitting out at the US airlines.

Many haters compared Spirit Airlines with United Airlines, who had received flak for dragging a passenger off an aircraft, the subsequent scandal of which hurt the carrier’s image.