Tempers Fray As Travellers Fight at Miami International Airport – Unruly Passenger Stole Keys to a Golf Cart

Toby Hazlewood

Passengers face up to $37,000 fines and travel ban

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Travel can be stressful at the best of times, but things turned chaotic on December 20 at Miami International Airport as Miami-Dade Police and airport security officers tried to break up a brawl between a number of passengers.

The incident at gate H-8 was captured on film and posted to Twitter by a number of onlookers:

12-hour delays and frayed tempers

Travelling home for the holidays, or getting away on vacation can be a stressful experience, particularly at the moment as travel restrictions remain in place due to the pandemic. But things really got out of hand at gate H-8, or so it would seem according to the video evidence.

There appear to have been a number of passengers involved in the brawl which seems to be due to many passengers having been kept waiting for nearly 12 hours before they were told their Air Century flight to Santo Domingo, originally scheduled to take off at 9:20 a.m., had been cancelled.

According to accounts, one disruptive passenger stole the key from an airport golf-buggy and refused to give it back to the airport worker. Responding police and security officers intervened and eventually got hold of the passenger who broke free once before being brought under control.

CEO of Miami Airport, Ralph Cutie issued a statement following the incident:

“Like airports across the country, MIA is seeing record-high passenger numbers this winter travel season. Unfortunately, that passenger growth has come with a record-high increase nationwide in bad behavior as well, such as the incident this evening at MIA. Disruptive passengers face police arrest, civil penalties up to $37,000, being banned from flying, and potential federal prosecution"

Home for the holidays

The American Automobile Association has predicted that this years' holiday getaway will be busier than ever, as people hit the roads or take flights to get away for the holidays. According to their estimates, more than 109 million people — an increase of almost 34% over 2020 — will travel 50 miles or more as they hit the road, board airplanes or take other transportation out of town between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.

The two passengers currently in custody following the brawl at Miami International Airport may not be going so far though, depending on how they're charged.

Will you be travelling far for the holidays or are you choosing to remain home and avoid the disruption and discomfort of travel? Let me know in the comments section below.

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