According to reports, the two women are mother and daughter. Authorities apparently weren’t called to the scene, and Spirit Airlines decided against commenting when asked about the incident.
The frequency of these sorts of incidents is clearly a noticeable and national trend. In a survey targeting flight attendants, “Eighty-five percent of the flight attendants who took this survey, and that’s over 5,000 of them, said that they have dealt with unruly passengers this year,” said Andrew Feldman, the spokesperson for the Association Of Flight Attendants-CWA. “The vitriol, the verbal, and physical abuse that we’re seeing from a small number of passengers on our aircrafts and in our airports is out of control.”
The FAA released a statement:
“The FAA shares the concerns of the Association of Flight Attendants, and we’re deeply troubled any time a cabin crew member faces threats while performing their critical, safety duties. That’s why we adopted a zero-tolerance policy, and why we are taking the strongest possible action within our legal authority. We have launched an extensive education campaign so the public knows about the consequences.”