Spirit Airlines Employee Stabs Co-Worker

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A dispute between two Spirit Airlines employees over sitting on the baggage belt left one in the hospital and one in jail on Sunday night. Local Cleveland news says police have confirmed that Rhett Rossos, 25, of Westlake, Ohio, was stabbed by his co-worker, Vonda Ardaver, 39, of East Cleveland, Ohio, after seeking respite from his usual standing duties behind the check-in counter. Ardaver told Rossos that he wasn’t permitted to sit on the baggage belt and took pictures of him seated. When Ardaver went to her computer to send them to management, according to the police report, Rossos walked up behind Ardaver to see what she was writing. Ardaver then stabbed Rossos in the stomach with a pair of scissors, says Cleveland 19 News. Rossos also received lacerations to his hand while grappling with Ardaver for the shears.

This is not the first reported instance of violence at the Spirit check-in counter. In May, a brawl erupted at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after Spirit Airlines announced the cancellation of nine flights. Local West Palm Beach news reported that three people were arrested in that incident. Spirit Airlines blamed the cancellation on “unlawful job action by Spirit pilots.”

Comments (6)

At least they're keeping it in house, and are not beating the hell out of paying passengers like United.

Posted by: April Talmadge | November 14, 2017 8:58 AM    Report this comment

April, United had a passenger who refused to follow published company policy - policies he agreed to when he purchased his ticket. Is it OK for passengers to pick and choose which rules to obey and ignore the ones they don't like?

Posted by: Ken Keen | November 14, 2017 12:07 PM    Report this comment

I'm saying NO private company has the right to beat and bloody someone because that person disagrees with an arbitrary company policy. There are literally hundreds of ways this could have been handled without bringing in the goon squad. This was a disagreement over a seat for goodness sake.

Also, it is OK for passengers to expect to be treated in a fair and reasonable fashion. If we were all assaulted every time we disagreed with a company's policy the E.R.s would be more overworked than they already are.

Posted by: April Talmadge | November 14, 2017 12:39 PM    Report this comment

April, I agree with everything you said. However, I'll bet anything the guy had the situation explained to him and was asked very politely, probably more than once, to give up his seat. If you were in the airline's position, what would you do with this passenger? You have a passenger who refuses to deplane. Who is on charge in a situation like this? Would you ask others to give up their seat so this guy could stay on board? Would that be the right thing to do? Then the guy you told had to deplane would still be on board. Hmmm.. what would doing that say about how seriously your airline is about their operations? Should the the passengers make up the rules as they go alone, spur of the moment? Would that be the best way to go?

What we have here is a perfect example of something fundamentally wrong in American society. Things need to be made just perfect, for ME. The rules are fine and I'll even sign on to follow them, that is, unless they inconvenience ME. If that happens, then I'll refuse to follow them. After all, its not about running an airline safely, it's really all about ME.

Posted by: Ken Keen | November 15, 2017 10:35 AM    Report this comment

This had nothing do with running an airline safely, and it is not all about ME. Mostly it should be about running an airline correctly. Someone at United dropped the ball, and did not schedule a crew for a flight the following morning. Then their solution was to give paying pax the boot to make room for the late arriving crew. The flight we discussing was not overbooked as was reported in the news. It however, was full, and no room for the late crew.

Instead of calling for the hobnail boots, they shoulda called a Part 135 operator on the field and sent the late crew down on a King Air or whatever. It was a United Airlines problem, not the passengers problem. He didn't screw up, they did. When I screw up, I've always had to own up to it and pay the consequences, It's called doing the right thing.

When I was in the military (USAF 4 years) I followed orders and did as I was told and tried to be an asset to my unit and fellow airmen. And, at no time did I ever refuse a lawful order. To be clear, I never received an unlawful one. United Airlines is not the military and their customers should have a different experience than was presented that day to that pax.

73's General

Posted by: April Talmadge | November 15, 2017 4:48 PM    Report this comment

I'm sorry, but Vonda Ardaver looks like someone who would stab people in the chest over the smallest of reasons.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | November 16, 2017 12:59 PM    Report this comment

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