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Another two days, another two stories about madness aboard a commercial airliner or at an airport.

This past Monday, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, located in one of Florida’s premier vacation destinations, was the site of a literal free-for-all when a flight cancellation by Spirit Airlines prompted some passengers to take out their frustrations on airline employees, as well as police. Spirit, in the midst of a labor dispute with pilots, has been forced to cancel hundreds of flights over the last couple of weeks, and when the flight at issue was canceled – something done after passengers had already boarded – the travelers headed straight for Spirit ticket counter.


From there, madness ensued. Broward County deputies stepped in to separate the passengers and Spirit employees, but, as they did so, some of the travelers chose to tussle with the cops.

“Everyone was already aggravated about flight delays and the ridiculousness of standing in such a long line for hours, which Spirit Airlines did nothing to help, and then in walks these people off their flight raising a ruckus (and) cussing and screaming and they went straight to the counter,” passenger Cindy Matthews Beard said to CNN.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office later said that three people had been taken into custody in connection with the fracas.

That was Monday. Let’s not forget about the day before.

On Sunday, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, a Southwest Airlines flight had just landed at Hollywood Burbank Airport (Calif.) and was taxiing to a terminal when a fight broke out between two men. A video of the incident taken by passenger Michael Krause shows the two passengers grappling, with one throwing punches at the other.

“One of the guys had picked up another guy by his shirt and pushed him up against the overhead bin,” Krause said. “Then he kind of flung around and threw him down.”

According to the Burbank Police Department, one man was arrested in connection with that incident.
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By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large