Three passengers have been arrested after an incident that unfolded at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday night, where they assaulted five Spirit Airlines employees.
The incident occurred at gate G12 in Terminal 4 prior to Spirit Airlines flight 1004 to Philadelphia. It’s not entirely clear what caused the conflict to escalate to this level, but apparently the issue arose when boarding was delayed, and it escalated when employees stopped boarding and the jet bridge door closed. It’s not clear why the door was closed.
According to the Broward Country Sheriff’s Office:
“The defendants intentionally struck the victims against their will with miscellaneous items, such as phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food. The victims were also punched and kicked in different sections of their bodies numerous times by the listed defendants.”
A Spirit Airlines spokesperson had the following to say:
“We thank our Team Members for their professionalism and quick actions, and we also thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their assistance at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday. 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. 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.”
Here’s a video of the incident:
This behavior is simply unjustifiable, regardless of what happened prior to this. And go figure the ladies assaulting the Spirit Airlines employees aren’t even wearing their masks.
Kudos to the Spirit Airlines employees for their professionalism in handling this…