The incident was shared on Twitter, which has been viewed more than five million times online.
Attack starts with words, but escalates to violence quickly
In the short 90-second video shared online, it’s unclear what started the fight between the unnamed employee and the flyer. It is clear that they are fighting over unwanted contact from one to the other, but its not sure who started what.
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During the fight, the flyer uses several slurs towards the employee, both racist and homophobic. Despite an attempt by others to break up the fight, the woman strikes the man, which escalates things even further. This leads to the worker chasing the woman, tackling her, and punching her in return.
The video ends with other passengers and workers breaking up the fight. Another man gets in the worker’s face, and a stare down ensues.
In a statement to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV, a Spirit spokesperson confirmed the worker was hired by a contractor to the carrier, and that they were placed on suspension.
“Spirit Airlines does not tolerate violence of any kind, and we are working with local law enforcement to investigate this matter,” the Spirit statement to WFAA reads.
It is unclear if either one was arrested or charged with a crime for their part in the incident.
Video latest example of airport violence
The video expands on a growing trend of violence between flyers and airport workers. In May 2022, a former NFL player was caught on tape fighting a United Airlines baggage contractor, leading to the employee getting fired.
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