Police called to restore order at Florida airport after Spirit flights cancelled

Posted at 7:22 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 10:25:51-04

Chaos broke out at a Florida airport on Monday after multiple Spirit Airlines flights were canceled, leading to long lines, irate customers and altercations, according to police.

Deputies were called to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to deal with commotion there after several passengers became angry, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

“There were several people there that were upset," Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gina Carter told ABC News on Monday. "We were called in to just make sure that things were kept from getting very unruly.”

Video posted on Twitter captured a chaotic scene at a Spirit Airlines terminal at the airport as angry travelers yelled at staff while police officers tried to restore order.

Carter said there were no injuries reported and things seemed to be under control now. She did not say if there were any arrests made, but cellphone video showed at least three people being taken away in handcuffs by deputies.

One witness told ABC News’ Florida affiliate WSVN on Monday that they saw a multiple people being detained.

"I saw two people go down on the floor and get … handcuffed and dragged out of here," one witness, a passenger who was not named in the report, told WSVN on Monday.

Another passenger said he saw officers apprehending a woman.

“There was a lady [detained] earlier. She was quite upset and very vocal about her frustrations," he said. "I see people are very disappointed."