Spirit Flight Attendants Picket at Airports Around the Country
Spirit Airlines flight attendants have started picketing at airports around the country to demand Spirit Airlines acknowledge the concerns of flight crew and stop violating the Flight Attendants’ contract.
The first protest took place at Orlando International Airport (MCO). But, flight attendants are scheduled to picket at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport today and Chicago, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale, and Detroit in the coming weeks.
The picket comes just one week after Spirit Airlines canceled just over 30% of their flights due to weather in Florida last weekend. That’s Spirit’s fourth mass cancelation since August, leaving passengers and workers stranded without answers.
“With staff shortages already straining the system, Spirit Airlines does not have the staff to quickly recover from mass cancellations and delays, which leaves Spirit Flight Attendants burdened with picking up the pieces,” the Association of Flight Attendants said in its statement. “Flight Attendants are on the frontlines when an operational meltdown occurs and they are expected to support and soothe angry passengers, all while themselves becoming stranded in airports overnight and oftentimes left without hotel accommodations.”
Attendants have said that Spirit’s empty promises are no longer acceptable. They claim that Spirit Airlines continues to violate their employee contracts, leaving them on duty for 10+ hours after flight cancellations and on hold with the company for hours.
“We are grateful for our incredible Spirit Family, and we’re committed to finding ways to better support our Team Members and address the issues of most importance to them,” the airline said in a statement to News 6 in Orlando. “We’ve been through so much together throughout the pandemic, and we are committed to making the necessary investments to build a stronger and more resilient airline for both our Team Members and Guests.”