Spirit Airlines crew slept on airport floors as operational meltdowns left them stranded for up to 30 hours, union official says
Spirit Airlinescrew slept on airport floors amid operations meltdowns, a unionofficial told The Guardian.
- He said some
crewwere stranded for up to 30 hours without communication from managers.
"We had flight attendants who were getting kicked out of airports in the middle of the night," Don Reno Intreglia, a Spirit crewmember and the airline's vice president for the Association of Flight Attendants – Communications Workers of America (AFA-CWA) union, told The Guardian.
Spirit crew were stranded away from home with no hotel beds to sleep in, and left for up to 30 hours without communication from their managers, Intreglia told the newspaper.
"It's been horrible on the morale for the flight attendants, because you're sleeping on an airport floor, you've got pretty much nowhere to go," he said.
Intreglia added: "We want the traveling public to know that we're trying to pressure management into making serious changes, so that we are prepared for the summer travel."
Gary Peterson, vice president of the air division at
Labor shortages continue to pose problems for the aviation industry.
The AFA-CWA union told The Guardian that Spirit had suffered four operational meltdowns since August 2021, a number that was much higher than usual.
Spirit flight attendants held protests at airports in Orlando, Dallas, and Las Vegas in mid-April over staff shortages and flight cancellations, which left staff "stranded in airports overnight and oftentimes left without hotel accommodations," according to the AFA-CWA.
Spirit didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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