Spirit cancels half its flights; American also struggling

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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, an electronic sign warns travelers to maintain social distance in the terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver. About one-fifth of flight attendants say they've gotten into a physical incident with a passenger this year. That's according to a survey by their union. The Association of Flight Attendants says it wants people who act up during flights to face criminal prosecution — not just fines. Airlines have reported more than 3,600 cases of unruly passengers this year. Disputes over face masks are the most common trigger. Federal rules require face masks on planes until mid-Sept (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

By DAVID KOENIG, the Associated Press

It’s another difficult travel day for passengers booked on Spirit Airlines. The budget airline canceled more than half its schedule for Tuesday by early evening. It’s the third straight day of extremely high cancellation numbers at Spirit. A spokesman says Spirit is dealing with problems created by bad weather, system outages and staffing shortages. American Airlines is also scrambling. It has canceled more than 10% of its flights for Tuesday. Both Spirit and American have been struggling with widespread delays and cancellations since the weekend, and customers who call the airlines are getting stuck on hold for hours.

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