Three Philadelphia women have been arrested after being recorded throwing multiple objects, including shoes, phones, and full water bottles at Spirit Airlines staff in Fort Lauderdale after their flight was delayed on July 14.
Danaysha Akia Cuthbert Dixon, 22, Kaira Candida Ferguson, 21, and Tymaya Monique Wright, 20, all now face battery charges.
In addition to throwing objects, police said the assailants also punched and kicked the victims in different sections of their bodies numerous times.
In an official statement, Spirit Airlines said:
” Three guests became combative following a delayed flight, and they were arrested for physically assaulting our team members. Three of our Team Members sustained minor injuries.”
Because the video began during the women’s violent attack, it’s unclear to know for sure what happened beforehand.
However, it was clear that the young women were arguing with another woman before other staff members began crowding around her for protection as the ladies started assaulting her.
Other Spirit Airlines staff and passengers were captured running over to help the victims.
A day later (July 15), Spirit Airlines stated:
“We thank our team members for their professionalism and quick actions, and we also thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their assistance at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday.”
The company continued:
“This violent behavior is completely unacceptable and has absolutely no place in airports or any other place of business. We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind. Further questions about this incident should be referred to law enforcement.”
After the incident, Dixon, Ferguson, and Wright were taken to Broward County Jail and charged for touch or strike battery. However, Wright was slapped with an additional charge of petit theft.
A spokesperson for Spirit Airlines said:
“The safety and security of the traveling public and airport employees is part of our core mission. The behavior of the individuals, as seen in the video during Tuesday’s incident, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our facility. We applaud the prompt response by our airline partner and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”