Judge to Spirit Pilots: Get Back to Work

A federal judge has sided with Spirit Airlines after an apparent pilot work slowdown that resulted in canceled flights and a passenger uprising at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday.

The judge says Spirit would likely win its lawsuit that accuses pilots of failing to show up for work to protest contract negotiations that are going nowhere.He then ordered pilots and their union to cease any “job action” that is detrimental to the airline or passengers. The pilots’ union denies involvement in any job action that would disrupt business.

Meantime, authorities called to quell the melee in the FLL terminal say they arrested three passengers, all from New York, and charged them with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and trespassing.

The skirmishes began when 500 people in the terminal were told that nine Spirit flights were being canceled due to lack of pilots.

Original Story

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Skirmishes involving irate passengers broke out at a Florida airport following the cancellation of multiple Spirit Airlines flights.

Broward Sheriff’s officials tell ABC News that deputies were called to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday to deal with angry passengers. Videos posted online show deputies trying to break up fights and detaining some unruly passengers.

CBS News reports nine flights were canceled.

In a statement, airline officials say they’re “shocked and saddened” to see videos of the airport incident. They blame the Airline Pilots Association for the cancellations, adding they’ve filed a lawsuit against the pilots association over an “unlawful job action.”

The association tells CBS that Spirit pilots aren’t engaged in any job action with Spirit and that the airline’s operations “have experienced significant problems over the past several days.”

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