Wild brawl breaks out between passengers on Frontier Airlines flight

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Daily Mail 20 July, 2021 - 12:43pm 36 views

By Melissa Koenig and Annabel Grossman For Dailymail.com

This is the moment a wild brawl broke out between two passengers trying to exit a plane at Miami International Airport, on Sunday night - just the latest in more than 3,000 violent incidents reported on air travel since January.

Kiera Pierre Louis, who goes by her hip-hop name Milli Miami, recorded the whole incident, which broke out when a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia landed in Miami Sunday at around 9:30 p.m.

She told Local 10 News the white man grew angry at the black passenger because he thought he was taking to long to get his luggage from the overhead bin and was blocking his way out.

The white man then threw the first punch, she said, and called the black passenger the 'N' word.

'I couldn't believe what was going on,' she said. 'You can see the white man on top of the black passenger and just beating him between the seats,' she said. 

'The flight attendant got involved, the white man's wife got involved, his son, I believe his son's girlfriend, um, everyone was just involved.'

She also noted that the white man who reportedly started the fight was allowed to leave the plane, while the black man was told to stay behind.

'Racism, of course,' Pierre Louis claimed. 'The black passenger had to wait on the plane, when he didn't even start it, and the police while we were walking off the plane, walked right past the person, the white man, who actually initiated everything.'

Video posted to Instagram shows the moment a white passenger pushed a black passenger into the seat of a Frontier Airlines plane as passengers tried to deplane on Sunday night

A black woman and a white woman, presumably the men's wives, got involved, with the black woman trying to grab the white man while the white woman pulled her hair

Eventually, a group of other passengers and a flight attendant were able to pull the white man off of the black man and force him down the aisle

Miami-Dade police, however, said the black passenger was 'not held back,' but instead chose to stay on the plane so he could file a police report.

Ultimately, they said, he decided not to press charges, and the white man who reportedly started the brawl was allowed to leave.

The nearly three-minute long video shows two men arguing, when a white man suddenly grabs a black man and pushes him down into the seat. A black woman then seems to get involved and starts attacking a white woman, who grabs her by the hair as a flight attendant asks what happened.

The white man, meanwhile, continues to punch the black man, leading the black woman to grab the white man by the head, as people try to pull him off the black man.

Eventually, several other passengers and a flight attendant were able to get the white man off the black man, and push him forward to deplane.

The black man could be seen trying to follow him, but the black woman seemed to hold him back, as others on the plane shouted at him to 'get out.' 

The incident reportedly occurred on a Frontier Airlines flight that landed in Miami from Philadelphia at around 9.30pm Sunday night

With nine cases of unruly passengers reported earlier this month, totaling $119,000 in fines, the agency has collected a total of $682,000 since the beginning of the year.

Frontier Airlines referred any questions about the incident to the Miami-Dade Police Department, but confirmed in a statement to Local 10 News that a fight broke out on its flight from Philadelphia to Miami.

'All passengers involved were asked to remain on the aircraft, however some disregarded the flight crew's instructions,' the statement read. 'Ultimately, local law enforcement became involved.' 

Sunday's fight is just the latest in a string of violent incidents that have been documented at terminals and inside airplanes since air travel started to resume in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in June that airlines have reported more than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers since January 1, with about 76 percent of the nearly 3,300 reports involving passengers who refused to wear masks on board their flights.

It has collected $682,000 in these penalties since the new regulations went into effect.

While the FAA agency did not track such reports in prior years, a spokesman said it was safe to assume this year's numbers are the highest ever. 

Since announcing a 'zero-tolerance policy' against unruly passengers in January, the FAA has publicized potential fines - some topping $30,000 - against more than 80 passengers That is about three times the full-year average number of cases over the past decade, according to FAA figures.

In one instance last month, a 29-year-old woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault while she was trying to check-in for another Frontier Airlines flight with her two children at Orlando International Airport and hit an employee with a keyboard. 

And in May, a young woman on a Southwest plane in San Diego, California punched a flight attendant in the face. She was charged with felony battery.

As a result of these violent incidents, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said they will resume self-defense training for airline flight attendants and pilots, which were halted last year due to the pandemic. 

The FAA has reported an uptick in violent incidents at airports and on board planes as more people begin to travel as the COVID pandemic wanes. Here, people were seen waiting in line for TSA screening at the Orlando International Airport, where a Frontier Airlines staff member was assaulted by an unruly passenger last month

Certain airlines have also decided to ban the sale of alcohol on their flights in the wake of these violent incidences.

In May, American Airlines officials announced they would not resume serving alcohol to passengers in the main cabins until at least September, saying that they had seen 'some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircrafts.' 

Vice president of flight service Brady Byrnes added: 'Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews.' 

'While we appreciate that customers and crewmembers are eager to return to 'normal,' we will move cautiously and deliberately when restoring pre-COVID practices.' 

American Airlines halted the sale of alcohol in economy in late March 2020 to limit interactions between passengers and flight attendants during the pandemic. The airline now says the ban will remain in place through September 13, the same date the Transportation Security Administration plans to lift the mask mandate on all flights.

Southwest Airlines has also decided to halt its plans to return to selling alcohol to customers as the COVID pandemic wanes. 

'Given the recent uptick in industry-wide incidents of passenger disruptions inflight, we have made the decision to pause the previously announced re-start of alcohol service,' said Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz.

Mainz said the decision might disappoint some customers, 'but we feel this is the right decision at this time in the interest of the safety and comfort of all customers and crew onboard.'

The airline has not determined new dates for selling alcohol.  

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Fight Broke Out on Miami Flight After Man Allegedly Called Passenger N-Word

VladTV 20 July, 2021 - 03:10pm

A fight broke out on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami after a man allegedly called a fellow passenger the n-word. 

Kiera Pierre Louis, an artist who goes by the name Milli Miami, recorded the incident, which was later uploaded to social media. She said that a man was getting frustrated because he felt another passenger was taking too long to put up his luggage, which resulted in the man calling the passenger the n-word and then punching him.

A brawl ensued after, with Pierre Louis stating, "You can see the white man on top of the Black passenger just beating him between the seats. The flight attendant got involved. The white man’s wife got involved. His son, I believe, and his son’s girlfriend — everyone was just involved." 

Pierre Louis added that the man who started the fight was allowed to leave, while the other man had to stay and wait for police to arrive. She explained, "Racism, of course. The Black passenger had to wait on the plane, when he didn’t even start it, and the police, while we were walking off the plane, walked right past the person, the white man who actually initiated everything." You can watch more of the incident as it unfolded in the video above. 

Frontier unveils 21 new routes from Atlanta, Las Vegas and DFW - The Points Guy

The Points Guy 20 July, 2021 - 02:30pm

Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to unveil a big expansion as the industry continues to recover from the worst of the pandemic.

The Denver-based ultra low-cost carrier unveiled 21 new routes on Tuesday that grow its presence in three of its busier bases.

“We’re thrilled to continue growing with a new round of 21 nonstop routes that greatly expand our service in three major markets: Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas,” Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president of commercial, said in a statement. “Today’s announcement highlights our confidence in travel’s continued rebound for the rest of 2021 and beyond.”

The biggest winner in Tuesday’s announcement was Atlanta, which landed nine of the new routes. With the additions, Frontier will now offer either seasonal or year-round service to 32 destinations from the city.

Dallas-Fort Worth got seven new routes, bringing Frontier’s count of nonstop destinations there to 20. And Las Vegas now has 54 nonstop destinations on Frontier after landing five new routes.

The full details of the new routes are below. All are currently planned to be year-round.

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Frontier Airlines adds new Phoenix-Dallas nonstop. Here's how to get a cheap fare

The Arizona Republic 20 July, 2021 - 01:54pm

The new route from Phoenix is scheduled to begin from Sky Harbor on Nov. 1 and will operate four times weekly.

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Frontier's website indicated that flights will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

The airline is offering an introductory Phoenix-Dallas fare of $29 one way at  https://www.flyfrontier.com. You'll find that low fare for departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Low-cost Frontier Airlines adding 7 new routes from DFW Airport

The Dallas Morning News 20 July, 2021 - 12:52pm

11:00 AM on Jul 20, 2021 CDT

Frontier is adding direct flights from DFW Airport to San Diego and San Francisco in September and to Phoenix and Tampa in November. In April, Frontier will add nonstop flights from DFW to Buffalo, N.Y.; Durango, Colo.; and Hartford, Conn.

The routes will fly anywhere between once and four times a week, a plan aimed at leisure customers willing to sacrifice the convenience of frequent departures for price. Introductory fares will start at $29 for those who can grab a handful of the discounted tickets.

“We think there are a lot of markets from Dallas where the average fares are high,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, commercial. “For a city that is growing so fast, there is definitely demand for visiting friends and relatives traffic.”

“Migration is what drives this kind of traffic.”

Denver-based Frontier has historically had a small presence from DFW, with three to five flights a day taking off mostly to Denver and a handful of seasonal destinations such as Branson, Mo., and Cincinnati.

The ultra-low-cost brand of flying hasn’t always been popular with some fliers. The airline only flies a few times a week and charges fees for perks that are standard on other airlines such as carry-on bags. But Shurz said leisure customers are drawn to the airlines because they can offer fares lower than major competitors, sometimes starting at $59 each way and even as low as $29 for some introductory fares.

Starting this summer, Frontier has made a major push out of DFW. In June, it ramped up its nonstop connections from DFW to 13 with semiweekly flights to cities such as Atlanta, Las Vegas, Newark, Orlando, Miami, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. Now the company is flying eight to nine flights a day on average out of DFW.

With the additional routes coming over the next year, Frontier will fly to 20 destinations from DFW International Airport.

Although DFW Airport and North Texas have seen more air service, Shurz said the region has lacked an expansion in low-cost service. “There was a huge growth of Southwest once the Wright Amendment went away [in 2014], but Southwest has not significantly grown its presence since that time,” Shurz said.

Southwest counts Dallas Love Field as one of its busiest airports, but the airline has reached its max at the airport because of legal limits on how many gates are allowed there.

Despite having two major airlines headquartered in D-FW with American Airlines and Southwest, tickets from the region cost about $269 on average in the fourth quarter of 2020, slightly higher than the national average, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

There has been some expansion by low-cost carriers. Florida-based Spirit Airlines has added flights to leisure destinations such as Pensacola, Fla., and Cancun and now flies to 21 cities from DFW.

For the new flights, Frontier will fly to San Diego three times a week starting Sept. 7, with flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The San Francisco flights will start Sept. 8, running four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Phoenix flights will start Nov. 1 four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Tampa flights will run four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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Man used racial slur, threw punches before brawl broke out on Florida flight, passenger says

WFLA 20 July, 2021 - 12:09pm

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A wild brawl broke out between passengers on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami as bad behavior by airline passengers continues to reach new heights, Local 10 reported.

Kiera Pierre Louis, a musical artist who goes by the name Milli Miami, recorded video of the incident, which occurred after the plane landed in Miami on Sunday night.

Pierre Louis said one passenger was angry because he thought another passenger was taking too long to get his luggage and was blocking the aisle. She said he called him a racial slur, then punched him.

Video shows the man throwing punches before he pushes the other passenger down to his seat. A woman is seen punching the first passenger and grabbing him by the hair while others try pulling him off the second passenger.

“You can see the white man on top of the Black passenger just beating him between the seats. The flight attendant got involved. The white man’s wife got involved. His son, I believe, and his son’s girlfriend — everyone was just involved,” Pierre Louis told Local 10.

Several passengers and flight attendants had to intervene and were eventually able to break up the fight. Once the two men were separated, the first passenger left the plane. According to Pierre Louis, the man who started the fight was allowed to leave, but the second passenger was told to stay behind.

“Racism, of course,” Pierre Louis said. “The Black passenger had to wait on the plane, when he didn’t even start it, and the police, while we were walking off the plane, walked right past the person, the white man who actually initiated everything. “

But Miami-Dade police said the passenger only stayed behind so he could file a police report. He did not end up pressing charges and the man who started the brawl was let go, according to the news station.

Frontier Airlines provided the news station with the following statement:

“Yesterday as a flight from Philadelphia to Miami was deplaning at MIA, a physical altercation broke out among passengers who were towards the back of the aircraft. The flight crew requested law enforcement assistance. All passengers involved were asked to remain on the aircraft however some disregarded the flight crew’s instructions. Ultimately, local law enforcement became involved.”

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Brawl Breaks Out On Frontier Airlines Plane in Miami Because Someone Took Too Long to Remove Their Luggage

Paddle Your Own Kanoo 20 July, 2021 - 10:46am

A brawl broke out on a Frontier Airlines plane at Miami International Airport on Sunday night because a passenger allegedly took too long to remove his luggage from the overhead bin while passengers behind him waited to deplane.

Frontier Airlines flight 2293 had arrived in Miami from Philadelphia at around 9 pm on Sunday when the fight erupted between two male passengers seemingly because one was too impatient to get off the plane.

Kiera Pierre Louis, who calls herself Milli Miami on Instagram, recorded the brawl and uploaded a video of the chaotic scenes to the social media platform shortly afterwards. She claims the impatient white passenger called the black aisle blocking passenger the n-word before punching him in the face.

 “You can see the white man on top of the Black passenger just beating him between the seats. The flight attendant got involved. The white man’s wife got involved. His son, I believe, and his son’s girlfriend — everyone was just involved,” Louis told local news station Local 10.

Flight attendants joined the melee in an attempt to separate the two men while other passengers also got involved and eventually broke up the fight.

Frontier Airlines says flight attendants ordered both men to remain on the aircraft but the white man walked off. Police were called and Miami-Dade Police attended the scene. Although the victim filed a report he chose not to press charges according to a police spokesperson.

In a statement, Frontier Airlines said a “physical altercation broke out among passengers who were towards the back of the aircraft. The flight crew requested law enforcement assistance.”

“All passengers involved were asked to remain on the aircraft however some disregarded the flight crew’s instructions. Ultimately, local law enforcement became involved.”

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said unruly passenger incidents had increased by 500 per cent compared to 2019 when passenger numbers were similar but still higher than current levels.

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Airplane brawl caught on video shocks passengers, alleged racial slur used

Fox News 20 July, 2021 - 08:19am

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A wild brawl erupted on a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia this week after one passenger reportedly complained to another that he was taking too long to remove his luggage from the overhead bins. 

The incident unfolded around 9:30 p.m. Sunday as passengers were disembarking the plane at Miami International Airport

"You can see the White man on top of the Black passenger just beating him between the seats. The flight attendant got involved... everyone was just involved," Kiera Pierre Louis, a witness who goes by the hip-hop artist name Milli Miami, told WPLG

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Louis told WPLG that one passenger on the plane took issue with how long another in front of him was taking to remove his bags, before that passenger turned around, used a racial slur and punched him.  

Her account could not be independently verified. 

Video of the incident posted on Milli Miami’s Instagram page, which contains graphic language, shows two men fighting with each as voices come over the plane’s loudspeaker urging them to "break it up" and for others to "get the cops". 

As a child can be heard crying, the White passenger appears to be telling the Black passenger repeatedly "don’t talk s---!" 

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The White passenger is then led away as other passengers start shouting toward the front of the plane. 

"You’re all adults... get out of this plane!" one man says. "What the hell is that s---? Go! Don’t look back, look forward move out!" 

"I got kids back here man, what the hell is wrong with you guys?" he adds. 

The footage ends with passengers walking off the plane. 

Miami-Dade Police told WPLG that the Black passenger involved in the brawl decided not to press charges. 

In a statement, Frontier Airlines told Fox News that "as a flight from Philadelphia to Miami was deplaning at MIA, a physical altercation broke out among passengers who were towards the back of the aircraft. 

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"The flight crew requested law enforcement assistance. All passengers involved were asked to remain on the aircraft however some disregarded the flight crew’s instructions," the statement added. "Ultimately, local law enforcement became involved." 

Frontier did not respond when asked by Fox News if a racial slur had been used.

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Frontier Airlines to expand in Atlanta, include international flights

Atlanta Journal Constitution 20 July, 2021 - 06:21am

Frontier Airlines is expanding in Atlanta, including its first international flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in a bid to swipe market share after a rival scaled back routes.

The ultra low-cost carrier is adding six routes in early September to Baltimore; Chicago; Detroit; Houston, New Orleans and St. Louis.

Denver-based Frontier also plans in November to add flights to West Palm Beach; Cancun, Mexico; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Dallas-based Southwest, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, hasn’t flown international routes from Atlanta since 2019, leaving Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines as the main option on many routes to the Caribbean and Latin America.

“We do think there’s a gap in the market,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president of commercial.

The sharp cutback in international flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic also has left more space available on international gates at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Frontier, which charges extra for carry-on and checked baggage and in-flight food and beverages, had been expanding at Hartsfield-Jackson for several years leading up to the pandemic.

It had grown to about 13 flights a day in early 2020 before cutting much of its Atlanta flight schedule during the pandemic. It began building back in recent months.

With the new service, Frontier will have routes from Atlanta to 32 destinations, with an average of about 22-23 flights a day. That’s more flights at Hartsfield-Jackson than Frontier has ever had before. Atlanta will be the fourth-largest airport in its system, behind Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando.

Frontier plans to open a flight attendant base in Atlanta in October, as well as a pilot base.

“With Atlanta becoming a crew base, Atlanta will become more of a focus in our system,” Shurz said. “We deploy aircraft to fly where we see some combination of lack of service and high fares.”

Shurz said Frontier expects to double the size of its fleet in the next five to six years. “And so you could easily see us in the next five years doubling in size in Atlanta.”

Another ultra low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines, is also expanding in Atlanta and seeking more gates.

The routes Frontier is adding will operate three or four times a week except for West Palm Beach, which will be a daily flight.

Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, one of the world's largest carriers, and Hartsfield-Jackson, ranked for years as the world's busiest airport. She has covered airlines for more than 15 years, graduated from Harvard and has a master's degree from Northwestern.

Fight breaks out on Frontier Airlines flight, shocking passengers

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