Safira Allen decided if she couldn’t go to Las Vegas, then none of the other passengers on her flight were going either. Her original Spirit fight from Atlanta to Las Vegas, which she had a boarding pass for, closed the doors 20 minutes early. She then ran to another Spirit flight to Vegas, and got on.
Gate agent Lauren Phillips told police she was boarding passengers when Allen ran past the gate, through the boarding ramp and onto a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on May 1. The agent and the captain approached Allen, who had taken a seat, and asked her to deplane because she had boarded without permission. She refused the flight crew’s request and began using her cellphone to document her experience on Facebook Live.
The video shows Allen visibly upset, yelling at crew members and passengers. At first, she refuses to leave her seat, saying, “After you made me miss my flight because you closed your gate early, I’m not getting off. You’re going to have to call the people.” She unbuckles her seat belt, stands and turns to address fellow passengers to announce, “If I can’t go to Las Vegas, Nevada, neither can y’all!”
A voice on the PA system (likely a flight attendant or the pilot) interrupts Allen to ask all passengers to deplane. At this point, passengers are now very mad at her. “Are you kidding me?!” A voice from the rear of the plane shouts. “Congratulations,” another passenger says on her way off the plane, “You’re the donkey of the day.”
She continues to record herself heckling the passengers. She tells some people they are going to hell. Saying “Hell is that way,” as she gestures toward the exit. After the plane empties, Allen approaches the pilots and a flight attendant. She tells one of the pilots, likely the co-pilot “you can’t even fly the plane you just let him sit over there and do all the work” and then proceeds to tell him he has “short man syndrome”. She dashes toward the cockpit, saying “I’ll drive the plane for you.”, but she’s blocked from going in. Allen is eventually escorted off the plane by an Atlanta police supervisor, and a Spirit representative.
I think that this is both her fault and both Spirit’s fault. Spirit’s boarding policy states: “Please be available for boarding at the gate at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled domestic departure and 30 minutes prior to your international departure or you may lose your reservation.” If what she said is true about the gate closing 20 minutes before departure instead of 15, she was wrongly denied from her original flight.
But, of course it’s her fault for running straight on another plane she didn’t have a reservation on, and being just blatantly stupid. She could’ve just gone to customer service and fixed the issue the right way!