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Brawl At Airport As Spirit Cancels 11 Flights (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A wild brawl broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on May 8 after Spirit Airlines canceled 11 flights and delayed 26 more (video below).

A bystander filmed as passengers got into the wild fight, which security officers and police tried to break up, notes TMZ.

Travelers told CNN that passengers stormed off a plane after a flight cancelation and surrounded a ticket counter where dozens of other passengers were waiting in line.

Cindy Matthews Beard, a passenger, recalled the chaos:

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Everyone was already aggravated about flight delays and the ridiculousness of standing in such a long line for hours, which Spirit Airlines did nothing to help, and then in walks these people off their flight raising a ruckus [and] cussing and screaming and they went straight to the counter.

"We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport," a Spirit spokesperson told TMZ. "This is a result of unlawful labor activity by some Spirit pilots designed to disrupt Spirit operations for our customers, by canceling multiple flights across our network."

According to CNN, about 300 Spirit flights have been canceled over the first week of May. Spirit has filed a lawsuit in federal court that alleges the cancelations happened because of pilot unavailability, which Spirit argues is being unlawfully caused by the Airline Pilots Association International.

An ALPA spokesperson countered: "Rather, ALPA and the Spirit pilots 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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Spirit insists that union pilots are refusing "open time" flights and last-minute flights that pay them double, and that the ALPA is intimidating pilots who fly these last-minute assignments.

However, the ALPA announced on May 5: "Simply put, pilots who want to pick up open time should do so and not be questioned."

Spirit spokesman Paul Berry tried to blame the actions of the passengers on the pilots: "These pilots have put their quest for a new contract ahead of getting customers to their destinations and the safety of their fellow Spirit team members."

Labor relations between the pilots and Spirit have been rocky since 2015; the two sides have yet to reach a contract agreement via formal and informal negotiations.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said that three passengers were taken into custody.

Sources: TMZ, CNN / Photo Credit: WestportWiki/Wikimedia Commons

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