Allegiant Air flight canceled at St. Pete-Clearwater Int'l due to battery issue

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - An Allegiant Air flight from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to Asheville, N.C., has been canceled after passengers waited for hours in the airport Sunday night.

According to airport spokesperson Michelle Routh, the decision by Allegiant to cancel the flight was made around 9:30 p.m., despite the flight originally being scheduled to take off around 3 p.m.

Allegiant Air spokesperson Jessica Wheeler told ABC Action News on Sunday night that an issue with the plane's battery required maintenance attention, and by the time it was fixed, the flight's crew had "timed out" on their allotted time to work Sunday.

Passengers Ronald Pownall and Rick Lucker contacted ABC Action News by phone to report they and fellow passengers were told able to leave the checked-in area of the terminal to get food and were not allowed to retrieve their bags.

Both men said the passengers were getting agitated as the night went on, but there were law enforcement officers at the airport.

Pownall and Lucker said passengers were left without information on what would happen with the flight for hours, with many just wanting to get their bags and leave the airport.

Wheeler said passengers were given standard airline food and beverages at the gate as they waited.

Wheeler said Allegiant is working to reschedule the flight for Monday.  "Passengers who do not live within 50 miles of the airport will be housed in a hotel overnight," Wheeler said.

All passengers are being given the option to be on the new flight Monday or receiving a credit refund, plus $100 voucher on a future flight.

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