Chaos Erupts at Florida Airport After Airline Makes Major Announcement

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July 05, 2017

Another passenger explained, “At that point, the ticket agents couldn’t handle what was going on, so they called in for the police.”

Cellphone video shows officers attempting to break up fights as fists began to fly.

As officers try to pull two women apart, one of them appears to attack an officer, sending both them crashing to the floor.

After multiple fights broke out, a woman and two men were arrested. At least one other person was detained.

Spirit says they were able to rebook passengers on other flights and with other airlines, according to CBS 12.

Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry put the blame for the cancellations on the pilots, saying, "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."

The company also said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this evening. 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.”

But the pilots’ union — the Airline Pilots Association, International (ALPA) — said the Spirit pilots were not at fault, claiming, "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."

On Sunday alone, 81 Spirit flights were cancelled.

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