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Watch: Violence erupts when a Spirit Airlines employee tells three women that their flight has been delayed

3 women arrested; airline praises workers’ professionalism

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Spirit Airlines

When an employee for Spirit Airlines told three women in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this week that their flight to Philadelphia had been delayed, all hell broke loose in a hurry.

Here’s a clip from the scene, courtesy of Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, who claims to have made a killing buying Spirit stock /zigman2/quotes/205782179/composite SAVE +0.12% when it was trading in single digits:

Three employees suffered minor injuries, news station WPLG reported , after being attacked with phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food.

Tymaya Wright, 20; Danaysha Dixon, 22; and Keira Ferguson, 21, were arrested on battery charges in connection with the violent encounter, according to local authorities.

Spirit, in a statement praising employees for their “professionalism and quick actions,” said that “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.”

As for Spirit shares, they were down more than 4% in Thursday’s session, following the Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.17% , S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.06% and Nasdaq /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.87% into the red.

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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 17.28
+0.02 +0.12%
Volume: 7.82M
Aug. 7, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
95.05
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1.53 billion
Rev. per Employee
$431,115
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
27,433.48
+46.50 +0.17%
Volume: 324.93M
Aug. 7, 2020 5:10p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,351.28
+2.12 +0.06%
Volume: 2.28B
Aug. 7, 2020 5:10p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
11,010.98
-97.09 -0.87%
Volume: 3.85M
Aug. 7, 2020 5:16p
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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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