Tempers Flare In Ft. Lauderdale As Spirit Airlines Cancels Flights

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FISTS FLYING AT A FLORIDA AIRPORT INSTEAD OF PLANES. PASSENGERS ANGRY FOLLOWING DELAYS AFTER A LABOR DISPUTE. ISSUED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST THE PILOTS UNION FROM SPIRIT TO STOP AN ALLEGED WORK SLOWDOWN. DICK BRENNAN HERE NOW WITH MORE ON ALL OF THIS. Reporter: THE FIGHTING ENDED WITH THREE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK UNDER ARREST, THAT ALLEGED SLOWDOWN HAS LED TO THE CANCELLATION OF 300 FLIGHTS IN THE LAST SEVEN DAYS, AFFECTING SOME 20,000 PASSENGERS. SPIRIT BLAMES DISPUTE WITH THE PILOTS UNION BUT THE UNION SAYS THAT’S NOT TRUE. PASSENGERS SEEMED TO BE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. CHAOS RAPED AT THE AIRPORT — REIGNED AT THE AIRPORT YESTERDAY. PASSENGERS WERE IN A FRENZY AFTER A SERIES OF CANCELLATIONS TRIGGERING CONFRONTATIONS AND A CALL FOR SHERIFFS TO SWOOP IN. DEPUTIES ARRESTED THREE NEW YORKERS, DES- MONT WALL — DESMOND WALL OF SELDEN AND JESSICA AND BRENT FROM BRENTWOOD. THE ARRESTS CAME AMID CONTINUED SHOUTING AND SCUFFLING IN THE TERMINAL PACKED WITH 500 PEOPLE. THE ANGER WAS A PRODUCT OF A WAVE OF CANCELLATIONS BY SPIRIT AIRLINES IN FT. LAUDERDALE LEAVING FLIERS IN A LURCH. SHOULD HAVE TOLD US FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THIS WAS GOING ON. THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE KEPT DELAYING AND DELAYING AND DELAYING. REALLY UPSETTING BECAUSE THERE’S PEOPLE SITTING THERE WITH BABIES AND STUFF FOR LIKE EIGHT HOURS, YOU KNOW, KIDS ARE CRYING. Reporter: IN ADDITION, THERE HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS OF CANCELLATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, PASSENGERS AT LaGUARDIA SAY THEY KNEW TO EXPECT DELAYS WHEN BOOKING THEIR FLIGHTS. MY HUSBAND’S GROUP ALL GOT PUT UP OVERNIGHT BECAUSE THEY WERE CANCELLED TO THE NEXT DAY. SO THEY JUST GOT TO SETTLE THIS. Reporter: THE AIRLINE AND THE PILOTS UNION HAVE BEEN AT THE BARGAINING TABLE SINCE MARCH BUT SPIRIT FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE UNION CLAIMING IT LOST 8 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE OF THE ALLEGED WORK DISRUPTION. IN THE MEANTIME DISRUPTED PASSENGERS ARE BEING CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. THE AIRLINES PILOTS ASSOCIATION SAYS PILOTS ARE NOT ENGAGED IN A JOB, ACTION, RATHER, THEY SAY THEY ARE WORKING WITH SPIRIT TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT. BUT RYE NOW A — RIGHT NOW A FEDERAL COURT SAYS ANY

 

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