Spirit Airlines Passenger Takes Over Gate PA After Five-Hour Delay

by Anthony Losanno
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Monday was not a good day to be traveling. Flights were delayed and cancelled en masse due to bad weather across the East Coast. Spirit Airlines flight NK 3902 suffered a five-hour delay and passengers became rowdy.

Spirit Flight

The flight was scheduled to depart from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 6:35 PM, but the delay caused it not to arrive in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) until 1:32 AM (five hours after it was scheduled).

Spirit began boarding the plane, but stopped after 15 passengers were onboard. The carrier claims that some passengers became rowdy and that they had to shut the door. One passenger was not having this further delay and took over the PA system at the podium to call for a new gate agent. The rowdy passengers were eventually boarded and made it to Detroit.

The summer is just beginning and this is not the first example of passengers behaving badly. Earlier this month, another passenger in Atlanta assaulted a gate agent after being denied boarding. Luckily, the agent was not hurt and the passenger was arrested.

Anthony’s Take: It’s going to be a long summer. The season has just started and airlines are being hit with bad weather and poor scheduling. People will need to be patient and flexible as the demand this summer will be fairly insane.

(H/T: View from the Wing.)

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