Spirit Airlines passenger brawl: 5 things to know

Chaos broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Holly International Airport after Spirit Airlines canceled several flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and angry on Monday.

At least nine flights were canceled because the airline claims its pilots refused to fly their scheduled flights. Here’s what to know about the Spirit Airlines brawl:

1. The issue between the discount carrier and pilots stem from tense labor negotiations. Spirit Airlines, a discount carrier, said they have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Airline Pilots Association for "unlawful job action by Spirit pilots."

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2. Spirit claims the pilots are refusing to fly to influence the labor negotiations, resulting in the canceled flights at the Florida airport, CBS Miami reports.

3. The Broward Sheriff's Office was present to help control crowds of passengers, but several videos posted on social media show travelers screaming and forming a mob around the Spirit terminal.

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4. "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. 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 airline said in a statement.

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5. The brawl over canceled flights comes after a man was dragged off of a United Airlines flight. United Airlines has been under fire after several videos went viral of passenger David Dao being forcibly removed from his flight from Chicago to Louisville. The 69-year-old man, a doctor from Kentucky, suffered a "significant concussion" and had a serious broken nose


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