Spirit Airlines has recently experienced a series of confrontations with passengers, the latest of which took place at Philadelphia International Airport.
A video captured by DailyMail.com showed a mother and daughter, who were charged with extra fees for having oversized carry-on luggage, engaging in a violent altercation with airline staff. The altercation escalated and involved multiple family members before finally being stopped by a uniformed official.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Spirit Airlines staff has been involved in confrontations with passengers. In the past, staff have been involved in ugly altercations including a male agent tackling and punching a young woman who racially abused and slapped him, and flight attendants restraining and zip tying a drunk passenger who stormed to the front of a plane during a flight.
It is unacceptable for passengers to resort to violence over extra baggage fees. This behavior not only causes disruptions to other travelers, delays flights, and brings negative attention to the airline, but it also demonstrates a lack of respect for other passengers and employees.
Airlines have the right to impose fees and rules, and it is the responsibility of travelers to follow them. These fees are necessary to keep the cost of flights low for the majority of responsible passengers. The Philadelphia Police Department described the recent altercation as an “allegation of simple assault” and whoever started it, the actions of these passengers were unacceptable and they should be held accountable for their behavior.
As Republicans, we believe in personal responsibility, respect for authority, and following rules and laws. These values are crucial for maintaining order and creating a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. It is time for these unruly passengers to learn this lesson and start acting in a responsible manner.