Spirit Airlines canceled all flights scheduled for today and tomorrow as its pilots continue to strike, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The job action is causing mass misery at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where Spirit handles 20% of flights and some 10,000 passengers a day. Being an ultra-discount carrier, Spirit doesn't have reciprocal agreements with other carriers, so passengers are forced to buy much more expensive last-minute tickets from other airlines.
"I'm going to get a refund of about $200, but it will cost me at least $900 for a one-way ticket to St. Thomas today," said one passenger. The stranded, however, should have realized the risks involved in booking an airline like Spirit, writes Ellen Creager for the Detroit Free Press. "what do people expect when they pay $9 for a plane ticket? Did they take time to read Spirit's rules, which clearly state its stingy policies in case something goes wrong? Passengers also have a duty to read the fine print when they travel. Spirit is a cheapo airline with few customer protections."