Watch an Airport Brawl Erupt After Spirit Airlines Cancels Flights (Videos)

Frustrated passengers clash with police officers at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport on Monday night as nine flights were canceled

Last Updated: May 9, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport descended into total chaos Monday night after nine Spirit Airlines flights were canceled, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and increasingly irate in the terminal.

Of course, the ensuing scuffles were all captured on cellphone video.

Footage of the incident shows crowds gathered around Spirit Airlines ticket counters, with people cursing and pushing. Things turn violent when a Broward County Sheriff deputy is seen being shoved to the ground. Fox affiliate WSVN reported that sheriff’s deputies detained several passengers and charged them with disorderly conduct.

“All of a sudden, one particular flight got canceled, and a mob ensued up here at the front counter, in front of everyone else who had been waiting in line,” passenger Paul Smith told the station.

According to another passenger who spoke with the station, Spirit employees “couldn’t handle what was going on, so they called in for police.”

Around 300 Spirit Airlines flights have been cancelled in the last week, according to CNN. The cancellations are reportedly the result of a legal dispute between the budget airline and the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA).

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Spirit Airlines blamed its pilots for the cancellations and the chaos that followed.

“We are shocked and saddened to see the videos of what took place at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport,” Spirit spokesman Paul Berry told the paper in a statement. “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.”

Spirit canceled 81 flights on Sunday alone, according to CNN, as a result of the legal dispute. It’s estimated that about 20,000 customers have been affected since the cancellations began last week.

The ALPA denied carrying out a slowdown in a statement to provided to CNN: “Rather, ALPA and the Spirit pilots are continuing to do everything possible to help restore the company’s operations, which have experienced significant problems over the past several days.”

Watch videos from Monday above and below:

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