Voluntary engine inspections by Spirit Airlines after a scare in the air last week delayed hundreds of passengers Thursday morning, setting off tempers and grounding several flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Many of the passengers slept on terminal floors and chairs overnight. Others lost their cool, and one man had to be escorted away.
More than six flights were still showing delays on Spirit terminal screens early Thursday morning. “It has been a disaster,” passenger Raphael Hernandez said.
At 6 a.m., flights from Fort Lauderdale to New York, Atlantic City, Denver and Tampa were listed as delayed from their scheduled Wednesday night departures.
A spokeswoman for Miramar-based Spirit was apologetic but said the inspections were necessary.
“Following the engine failure on one of our aircraft last week, and after reviewing routine maintenance procedures, we are completing a proactive and voluntary check on our aircraft engines overnight as a precautionary measure,” Misty Pinson said in a statement emailed to the Miami Herald.