A man has been arrested for arguing with Spirit Airlines staff over carry-on item fees at Las Vegas Airport, at one point pronouncing prophetic judgement on gate agents for charging him for his carry-on bags.
The Prophet: Carry-On Fee Leads Man To Pronounce Judgement Over Spirit Airlines Employees
Olalekan Oguntiba lives in Vallejo, California but was at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas for a flight to Cleveland (CLE). A Las Vegas Police Department report notes that the trouble began at check-in, when Oguntiba was informed he would have to pay to bring his carry-on items onboard (Spirit Airlines allows for one complimentary underseat item, but charges extra if you wish to bring a larger or second carry-on bag onboard).
He protested the unexpected fee, but eventually paid it. Still, he continued to berate staff for the fee and this continued even after he left the check-in desk, proceeded through security, and walked to the departure gate.
At the gate, Oguntiba raised his voice in such a mater that a disturbance was created. Police were called and proceeded to the gate in an effort to calm him down.
It did not work: Oguntiba continued to raise his voice, yelling that the Spirt Airlines employees who charged him for his carry-on item will be “judged at the time of their deaths” for their conduct. Because he refused to lower the volume, Spirit Airlines denied him passage to Cleveland and the police informed him he had to leave the airport since he was no longer a ticketed passenger.
He refused, insisting that he would board the plane anyway. Refusing to leave or lower his voice, he was arrested and even handcuffed after resisting arrest.
In the last few years, Spirit Airlines has done a much better job of revealing its fee structure, which includes charging for carry-on bags. This was not always the case, particularly on online travel agencies like Travelocity or Expedia where so many passengers book their tickets. It isn’t clear where Oguntiba booked his ticket, but it would surprise me if the fees were not disclosed in advance. If they were not, I understand his anger.
A Spirit Airlines passenger was arrested in Las Vegas when he simply could not stomach the budget carrier’s carry-on fees. As annoying as they are, I’m not sure why he continued to fight the battle after paying….he had already lost the war.