When you do not get the answer you want from a Spirit Airlines check-in agent, the answer is not to attack the agent and then to attack the police officer who is called in to break up the fight. One Spirit Airlines passenger now faces an attempted murder charge after overpowering the officer and placing him in a chokehold.
Spirit Airlines Passenger Charged With Attempted Murder
As flagged by View From The Wing, this incident occurred last Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at the Spirit Airlines check-in counter in Terminal B at Orlando International Airport (MCO). We do not even know what prompted the fight in the first place, though with Spirit Airlines it is more often protest over baggage fees than anything else. In this case, however, the outrage may have stemmed from a cancelled flight, as Tuesday was a rough day. A group of passengers, including, 41-year-old Edward Hariston of Ohio, became “aggressive” prompting a call to law enforcement.
Harrison now faces charges including:
- attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer
- resisting arrest with violence
- battery on a law enforcement officer, and disorderly conduct
As Fox 35 Orlando details:
Investigators said Hariston was reportedly arguing with an employee when he reached behind the ticket counter, grabbed the computer keyboard, and began hitting buttons. That’s when a police officer tried to stop him and a fight started, according to an arrest report.
The officer said he grabbed Hariston’s arm to prevent him from damaging the property, and in response, Hariston grabbed the officer’s arm. The officer said he pushed Hariston to “create distance” and Hariston then grabbed the officer’s hands, lowered his body, and began pushing the officer backward.
“We both fell onto the ground and Hariston put one of his arms around my neck in a chokehold and began to squeeze, restricting my airway, making it unable for me to breathe,” the police officer wrote in the arrest report. “I began to get dizzy and immediately spotty, as my airflow was restricted, and I was beginning to lose consciousness.”
Here’s video from one angle:
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And from another (taken from a TikTok account that has been shut down):
Not much commentary here other than to say that cannot assault a police officer and expect to walk away. And all over what? A canceled flight? A baggage fee? People need to get a grip or stay home.