A passenger tried to fight her way onboard a Spirit Airlines flight in Atlanta after she was denied boarding for suspected intoxication. That’s not the way thing work…
No, You Cannot Fight You Way Onboard An Aircraft After Being Denied Boarding…
Last month, Tearaney Burroughs was stopped by a Spirit Airlines gate agent in Atlanta (ATL) before boarding her flight. She appeared intoxicated and on that basis, she was denied boarding.
Rather than just accept her fate or politely try to argue she was not, in fact, intoxicated, Burroughs attacked the gate agent, slapping her in the face and then trying to push her way through onto the jet bridge.
Police were called and body cam footage shows that Burroughs had to be restrained. Witnesses came forward to corroborate the story of the gate agent. The Spirit Airlines agent also indicated she wanted to press charges against her.
Although the incident occurred on May 11, 2023 at 9:40 pm, it was only picked up by local media in Atlanta over the weekend.
So why write about this? Why pile on Ms. Burroughs? Beyond the broad interest that these type of stories seem to attract on Live And Let’s Fly, it strikes me as total insanity that anyone would think, in desperation or not, that they could muscle their way onboard an aircraft after being denied boarding.
I hope that she was so drunk that she simply did not know what she was doing. That won’t make her any less guilty, but will make her less…well, the opposite of clever.
Folks, you cannot muscle you way onto a plane. Even on Spirit Airlines (and I don’t mean to pick on Spirit Airlines, which denies boarding to passengers just like any other airline), this simply won’t work.
Maybe try bribing instead?
Burroughs was charged with assault and released. It is not clear if or when she will face trial for her actions.
But again the real bottom line is clear: carefully monitor your alcohol consumption when you fly (and indeed, always).
(H/T: View From The Wing)