Earlier today I wrote about a Spirit Airlines incident at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in which a gate agent was viciously attacked by a deranged pregnant passenger. I want to focus our attention on an issue that was casually mentioned by local media in Atlanta: does Spirit Airlines employ off-duty cops to protect agents?
Does Spirit Airlines Employ Off-Duty Cops To Protect Gate Agents?
The story was first picked up Fox 5 Atlanta, which shared about the incident and also mentioned that Spirit Airlines has historically hired off-duty cops to monitor airport gate areas:
Spirit is one of the few airlines that would bring on off-duty officers to monitor its gates in the past. That deployment has apparently been discontinued.
We are not aware of other airlines that engage in that practice and asked Spirit Airlines to clarify if it does indeed use off-duty cops in airports.
Spirit Airlines refused to say yes or no, telling Live And Let’s Fly it won’t comment on the security measures it takes.
That has not stopped rumors from swirling in online chat rooms that the airline still employed off-duty cops to protect its employees and passengers.
Spirit SHOULD Hire Security To Protect Against Hooligans
We’ve covered incident after incident in which aggressive passengers attack other passengers or Spirit employees. Here’s a sampling:
- Spirit Airlines Captain Runs Out Of Cockpit After Woman Yells “I Hope Y’All Crash And Die!”
- Brawl: Spirit Airlines Employees Drawn Into Gate Fight
- Spirit Airlines Agent Strikes Woman On Head After She Taunts Him
- Chaos Onboard: Woman Attacks Two Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants
- Woman Drags Flight Attendant By Ponytail, Punches Another In Face On Raucous Spirit Airlines Flight
Cheap fares are partially responsible for attracting this caliber of passengers, but whatever the root cause, Spirit Airlines should seriously consider extra protection at airports…if it does not already do so.
Employing even one officer at every busy Spirit Airlines station could not only help break up fights earlier and with less damage but also dissuade passengers from acting up in the first place if they are aware that private security is waiting in the wings.
It is interesting to consider that Spirit Airlines once employed private security guards to help protect its employees and passengers and may still be doing so. If it is not, hopefully it will strongly consider doing so: that might reduce the number of incidents that seem to spring up often on Spirit Airlines.