Police were called in to the Fort Lauderdale airport as Spirit Airlines flight cancellations frustrated travelers. Several customers were arrested.
Carter said there were no injuries reported and things seemed to be under control now. She did not say if there were any arrests made, but cellphone video showed at least three people being taken away in handcuffs by deputies.
One witness told ABC News’ Florida affiliate WSVN on Monday that they saw a multiple people being detained.
“I saw two people go down on the floor and get … handcuffed and dragged out of here,” one witness, a passenger who was not named in the report, told WSVN on Monday.
Spirit flights have been cancelling at a higher than normal rate for days. On Sunday Spirit was denying that pilots were engaged in a job action even though bedrock reporter Brian Sumers of Skift reported on the airline warning its pilots about sabotaging the carrier days earlier.
They’re now publicly accusing pilots of an illegal strike and they’ve filed a lawsuit against the pilots union “which it accused of intentionally disrupting the airline’s operations, leading to hundreds of canceled flights.” Via Skift, a copy of the lawsuit is here (.pdf).
While United Airlines has promised not to call the cops on passengers over customer service problems, Spirit Airlines has made no such public commitment.