Fists started flying at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday evening after Spirit Airlines canceled dozens of flights. Witnesses recorded passengers fighting each other and the Broward County deputies who were called in to calm the situation down.
According to the Associated Press, the budget airline is currently in a labor dispute with the Air Line Pilots Association, the union that represents their pilots. Spirit Airlines filed a lawsuit saying that the union has organized a slowdown, while the union told CBS News that Spirit pilots weren’t engaged in any job action with the airline and that Spirit’s operations “have experienced significant problems over the past several days.”
Operations are still being impacted today, with six flight cancellations and 19 delays from the airport by the early afternoon. Last week alone, over 300 flights were impacted.
Tamari Cameron and Latreece Smith spent the night at the airport when their flight was canceled, and described to the Sun Sentinel why the fight broke out:
Three travelers were arrested as a result of the fight. And as you can imagine, the footage immediately went viral on social media.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 9, 2017
Chaos in a Florida airport because #spiritairlines cancels 9 flights. That's like a slow morning at JFK.
Florida, you need so much help
— Kevin Flood (@FLOOKLYN) May 9, 2017
I get it was not right/terrible of what Spirit airlines had done, but it's no excuse to riot tbh. That's just not necessary. #SpiritAirlines
— 🌈ALL LOVE IS EQUAL🌈 (@NASAGurl1408) May 9, 2017
Air travel has looked more and more like The Hunger Games recently.