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Life Sentence Possible After Sex Assault on Sleeping Flier

Prabhu Ramamoorthy guilty of sexual attack on fellow Spirit Airlines passenger

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man who sexually abused a woman sleeping next to him on a Spirit Airlines flight may spend the rest of his life in prison. A federal jury last week convicted Prabhu Ramamoorthy of the abuse, and he faces a life term at his sentencing in December, reports the... More »

Angry Woman Goes on Tirade After Emergency Landing

Her reaction was caught on video

(Newser) - A female passenger became enraged after a Spirit Airlines flight had to divert for a medical emergency Monday, and she was caught on video screaming to be let off the plane before ultimately being escorted off the plane by police, ABC 13 reports. Flight 346 took off from Houston heading... More »

Alligator on Tarmac Snags Orlando Airport Traffic

The large reptile was in no hurry

(Newser) - Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator . Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a... More »

PETA Has Issue With Woman Who Flushed Her Hamster

'This must have been a horrific, terrifying death'

(Newser) - Airlines that accept emotional support animals on flights usually have explicit instructions on which ones are OK and which aren't, but a miscommunication about Spirit Airlines' policy led to hubbub over a hamster. Belen Aldecosea, a 21-year-old college student who was heading home to Florida for surgery on her... More »

Flier Said She Had No Option but to Flush Her Pet Hamster

Belen Aldecosea claims a Spirit Airlines rep recommended she do so

(Newser) - "I didn’t have any other options," says Belen Aldecosea, so she opted for a pretty awful one: She flushed her dwarf hamster down the toilet. The 21-year-old Florida woman says she was compelled to do so because of Spirit Airlines, which she says verified twice on the... More »

Breastfeeding Mother Kicked Off Flight

A truly lousy travel day for one Houston woman

(Newser) - A delayed flight at 6:30am may already sound like a travel nightmare, but that was only the beginning for one Houston woman on Friday. Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher, was traveling from her home to Newark along with her elderly parents and 2-year-old son when they... More »

Coroner Reveals Fatal Drug Combo for Pilot, Wife

Brian and Courtney Halye injected cocaine laced with elephant tranquilizer carfentanil

(Newser) - The reason four kids in Ohio woke up to find their parents dead : Brian and Courtney Halye not only injected cocaine, they injected cocaine laced with a tranquilizer so potent it's used on elephants and rhinos. The Montgomery County coroner has concluded that the Halyes used cocaine mixed with... More »

Spirit Cancels Multiple Flights, Melee Breaks Out

Police called to the scene at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

(Newser) - Spirit Airlines customers were not happy when as many as nine flights were canceled Monday night at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport—in fact, they were so unhappy, police had to be called in. Video posted by onlookers and witness reports detail a massively chaotic scene, complete with yelling... More »

Least Favorite Airline in US May Not Be Who You Think

It's Spirit, not United

(Newser) - And the airline US passengers hate most is ... Spirit? Yes, the budget carrier came in last on the American Customer Satisfaction Index for the third consecutive year, despite quite a bit of recent negative publicity for fellow airline United. The customer interviews stopped being collected in March, before United's... More »

Flight Attendant in Hot Water Over Tarmac Photo

But others say posing in jet engine wells is a harmless tradition

(Newser) - Passengers on a recent Spirit Airlines flight out of Chicago who were disturbed by an incident on the tarmac may not want to check out the #stewsforericka hashtag on Twitter. That's because there are loads of photos of flight attendants posing for snapshots in jet engine wells—a show... More »

Spirit Air Doesn't Care You Hate All Its Extra Fees

Because people are booking lots of flights with cheap fares

(Newser) - "No one goes to Chick-fil-A and complains they can't get a burger. And people shouldn't come to Spirit if they want lots of legroom." That quote's source? Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza speaking to the Wall Street Journal , explaining that yes, there've been lots... More »

Airline Ad Pokes Fun at Toronto Mayor

Spirit Airlines hopes Rob Ford can help sell tickets

(Newser) - You can't say Rob Ford didn't have this coming: Spirit Airlines of Florida has a new ad that pokes fun at the Toronto mayor's troubles, reports the Toronto Star . "We're not smoking crack," the ad reads, before pushing a $29.90 fare to the... More »

Spirit Introduces $100 Carry-On Fee

But you can avoid it by declaring baggage before the gate

(Newser) - If you're the type who's always rushing to your gate with seconds to spare, then you might want to avoid flying with Spirit. The airline has hiked its fee for large carry-on items to $100, reports USA Today , but the price gouge can be avoided by declaring your... More »

Airlines Scored $22.1B in Add-on Fees Last Year

66% surge in just 2 years

(Newser) - Airlines are raking in enormous piles of cash from add-ons and fees. Last year in the US, the top six airlines made $12.4 billion in revenue for things other than the cost of a ticket, such as checking bags, re-booking penalties, WiFi connections, and selling frequent flier miles to... More »

Spirit Airlines to Charge $100 for Carry-Ons

Move comes as boycott movement crops up on Facebook

(Newser) - Now that other airlines are jumping on the fees-for-carry-ons band wagon, Spirit Airlines wants you to be sure and remember that they were the first . The airline is jacking up its carry-on fees, which will now range from between $20 a bag all the way up to an eye-popping $100,... More »

Airline to Charge $35 for Carry-Ons

Allegiant follows lead of Spirit Airlines

(Newser) - Uh oh, travelers, this might be turning into a trend. Starting tomorrow, Allegiant Air will begin charging passengers up to $35 for their carry-on bags, MSNBC reports. Passengers can bring one carry-on aboard for free, but only if it can fit under the seat in front of them, the president... More »

Angry Over Regulation, Spirit Institutes Snarky Fee

'Unintended Consequence' fee intended to chide transportation department

(Newser) - Spirit Airlines is angry over a new Department of Transportation rule—and it's making sure customers know it, by slapping a $2 "Department of Transportation Unintended Consequence Fee" on all tickets. The new rule, which went into effect last week, requires airlines to give customers a full refund,... More »

Feds to Airlines: Stop Hiding Ticket Fees, Taxes

Carriers must advertise full price starting next month

(Newser) - Airlines will soon be forced to advertise the full price of tickets—including government taxes and fees—instead of a stripped-down price with an asterisk. The rule scheduled to go into effect in late January is designed to keep prospective fliers from getting a nasty surprise several steps into the... More »

Airline 'Seat-Selling' Deal Tweaks Blago

Skip town for $14 before ex-guv does 14 years

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich is going to prison , and what better way to honor the former governor than by selling seats. No, not Senate seats, airline seats. Shortly after Blagojevich's sentencing , Spirit Airlines launched a "seat-selling" sale, the AP reports. Customers can escape Chicago for just $14—equivalent to the... More »

Enjoy Your Flight, But Good Luck Escaping Ads

Overhead bins, seat backs, and even safety videos are featuring commercials

(Newser) - Your next flight could feel like being stuck inside a commercial. Various US airlines, desperate for revenue, are beginning to cram advertising into every corner of their planes, including overhead bins, seat backs, napkins, flight attendants' aprons, and even through crew announcements and in-flight safety videos, reports USA Today . Delta,... More »

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