A shocking brawl was captured on camera as a fight broke out among passengers and airline employees at an airport gate. Three women were arrested after multiple employees were battered in the wild melee in South Florida over a delayed flight.
Danaysha Cuthbert Dixon, 22, Kaira Candida Ferguson, 21, and Tymaya Monique Wright, 20, were at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport on a Tuesday night when they found out their flight home to Philadelphia was delayed, according to Daily Mail. The news that they wouldn’t be getting home as quickly as they had hoped apparently didn’t sit well with the three young women.
Rather than make the best of it, Dixon, Ferguson, and Wright decided to take a bad situation and make it worse. Instead of returning to Philly, the women would be spending some time in jail. “Three guests became combative following a delayed flight, and they were arrested for physically assaulting our team members. Three of our Team Members sustained minor injuries,” Spirit Airlines told WPLG Local 10.
After hearing that their flight was delayed, the women became angry. Before long, an altercation broke out between the three women and Spirit Airlines employees. Dixon, Ferguson, and Wright were captured on camera, kicking, punching, and even throwing objects — including shoes, phones, full water bottles, metal boarding signs, and fast food — at the airline staff in the Florida airport, according to police.
“The victims were also punched and kicked in different sections of their bodies numerous times,” the arrest report stated after all three suspects were arrested at the airport on charges of touch or strike battery. Of course, the three angry Philadelphia women and their antics were all caught on camera, and after viewing the chaos they caused, it’s easy to understand why they were arrested.
Although it’s unclear what occurred in the moments leading up to the video, the cell phone camera footage captured Danaysha Cuthbert Dixon, Kaira Candida Ferguson, and Tymaya Monique Wright in a violent display while standing outside a gate for the Philadelphia-bound flight. The three women hurled items at the staff before going behind the counter and attacking at least one of the employees.
Initially, the suspects appeared to be arguing with just one woman. As other staff members crowded around her, presumably to protect their coworker, the passengers start delivering blows. Other airline staff and fellow passengers raced over to help the victims as the women threw objects at employees and punched and kicked them. One suspect was also seen running toward a staff member as another tries to stop her.
While many have referred to the footage as a “brawl,” Spirit Airlines is adamant that it was a one-sided attack during which their staff remained professional. “We thank our team members for their professionalism and quick actions, and we also thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their assistance at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday,” the low-budget airline said in a statement.
The women were arrested and taken to the Broward County Jail on charges of touch or strike battery in connection with the violent encounter, NY Post reported. In addition to being charged with battery, Wright was hit with a petit theft charge for allegedly taking a Spirit employee’s phone.
“The safety and security of the traveling public and airport employees is part of our core mission,” an airport spokesperson said. “The behavior of the individuals as seen in the video during Tuesday’s incident is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our facility. We applaud the prompt response by our airline partner and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”
The trio declined to comment on their violent episode — other than to say they were trying to get home to Philadelphia, which makes absolutely zero sense. How does an attack on airline employees get you home faster? It doesn’t. Instead, it rightfully lands you in trouble with the law. The airline said it best: “This 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.”