Disruptive Spirit airlines passenger refuses to leave, forces whole flight to deplane

A disruptive passenger who was late to board a Spirit Airlines flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas refused to get off, forcing the crew to ask all other passengers to deplane.

Even more bizarre, she filmed the entire ordeal for Facebook Live.

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Allen filmed herself refusing to leave the flight, and she also took footage of the other passengers deplaning when the crew instructed them to “start the boarding process again.”

 (Safira Allen via Storyful)

Safira Allen, 25, recorded herself being asked to leave her flight on May 1, allegedly for arriving late to the gate, but boarding anyway, reported the New York Post. She also filmed herself telling the airline’s crew — as well as a security officer — that she was “not getting off this plane” before blaming Spirit Airlines for her tardiness in the first place, claiming that Spirit closed the boarding gate 20 minutes earlier than scheduled.


At one point, she alleges that she paid some type of fee to re-enter the plane, only to be told to leave once she was on.

“How you gonna close your airline early, make me miss my flight and tell me I gotta pay again? Once I pay, I get on the flight and they say, ‘You caused a disturbance.’”

However, an incident report provided to Fox News by the Atlanta Police Department says Allen had simply run past the gate agent when she was told she was too late to board. 

In her Facebook Live footage — which has now been viewed more than 3.6 million times — Allen further claimed to have seen another white passenger board the plane late. She then used explicit language to explain this point, before immediately remarking that she doesn’t cuss.

“Y’all ain’t let the n—- on this m—–f—–. They’re gonna have to put me off, because they’re gonna tell me I was cussing. I don’t even cuss. I’m orthodox. So what are you saying?”

She later likened the crew and security to “terrorists” when security asked her to get out of her seat.

“I’m not getting off this plane to negotiate with no terrorists,” Safira claims, referring to the responding officer. “Cause clearly, they’re the terrorists. They’re terrorizing me in my own country.”


Allen also took issue with the airline’s name, saying, “Y’all going to use Jesus’ name, the Holy Spirit? That’s got to change, y’all need to be called something else — y’all need to change y’all name because nothing Holy Spirit about this airline.”

The crew soon came over the loudspeaker to apologize for the disruption, and inform all the other passengers that they would need to deplane so the flight could “start the boarding process again” on the same plane.

“If I can’t go to Las Vegas, Nevada, neither can y’all,” Allen yelled. As passengers disembarked, she shouted racially insensitive language at passengers — greeting some with the phrase “konichiwa” and offering to speak “Espanol” with others — and told several they were going to “hell.”

After the other passengers leave — and after Allen berated the crew standing near the cockpit — a police officer arrives to escort Allen off the plane, as she continues to yell at security and staff.

The footage ends as the officer is asking Allen to put her hands behind her back while on the jetway, but Allen claimed in a subsequent Facebook post that the officer knocked her phone out of her hand, pushed her to the ground, and called her a “black b—-.”

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The police officer, who identified himself as Officer Baker of the Atlanta police, arrived to escort Allen off the flight after the rest of the passengers had deplaned.

 (Safira Allen via Storyful)

The Atlanta police’s report, on the other hand, says Allen kicked Baker in the groin in the jetway, and was taken to the Clayton County Jail following the incident. Her Instagram account indicates that she later flew to Las Vegas on American Airlines.

Allen also took to Facebook earlier this week to apologize, but not before commenting on all the new friends she gained as a result of the video.


“I apologize if I inconvenienced anyone on that PLANE! But at the same TIME! I am standing up for people who have to deal with companies ripping them OFF and Making you the Suspect; when you Paid for their services.”

Spirit Airlines was not immediately available to comment for Fox News.

Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s eight Serie A games, including Crotone-Lazio, Atalanta-Milan, Sampdoria-Napoli and Roma-Juventus.

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We begin at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT) with five encounters and the biggest is at the Stadio Scida, where Crotone are trying to escape relegation, but Lazio know a victory would guarantee Champions League football next season.

Inter suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo last night, so with the final round a head-to-head at the Olimpico, the Biancocelesti can’t waste this opportunity.

The races for Europe and Serie A safety intertwine again at the Stadio Franchi, where Fiorentina can continue their surge and host a Cagliari side that has dropped into the bottom three.

Bologna are now safe and welcome revitalised Chievo, while dire Udinese visit already-relegated Verona and SPAL have a tricky test at Torino.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), all eyes are on the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo, where seventh-placed Atalanta host Milan in sixth for a massive showdown in the Europa League battle.

At 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), Juventus need only a point to secure their seventh consecutive Scudetto, but Roma can already celebrate Champions League qualification.

Napoli’s hopes of the title have virtually evaporated and Maurizio Sarri has a difficult trip to Sampdoria.

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Serie A line-ups

Serie A line-ups

Check all the official line-ups from this afternoon’s Serie A games, including Crotone-Lazio, Fiorentina-Cagliari, Bologna-Chievo and Torino-SPAL.

They kick off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT).

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Bologna: Mirante; Mbaye, De Maio, Helander, Masina; Dzemaili, Pulgar, Poli; Verdi, Destro, Palacio

Chievo: Sorrentino; Depaoli, Tomovic, Dainelli, Gobbi; Castro, Rigoni, Hetemaj; Birsa, Inglese, Giaccherini



Crotone: Cordaz; Sampirisi, Ceccherini, Capuano, Martella; Barberis, Mandragora, Rohden; Faraoni, Simy, Nalini

Lazio: Strakosha; Wallace, De Vrij, Radu; Basta, Murgia, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Felipe Anderson; Caicedo



Fiorentina: Sportiello; Laurini, Milenkovic, Pezzella, Biraghi; Veretout, Benassi, Badelj, Chiesa; Eysseric; Simeone

Cagliari: Cragno; Faragò, Ceppitelli, Pisacane, Lykogiannis; Deiola, Barella, Padoin, Ionita; Farias, Pavoletti



Torino: Sirigu; N’Koulou, Burdisso, Moretti; De Silvestri, Rincon, Baselli, Ansaldi; Ljajic, Iago Falque; Belotti

SPAL: Gomis; Cionek, Salamon, Felipe; Schiavon, Kurtic, Everton Luiz, Grassi, Costa; Paloschi, Antenucci



Verona: Nicolas; Ferrari, Caracciolo, Vukovic, Souprayen; Romulo, Fossati, Zuculini; Fares, Cerci, Lee

Udinese: Bizzarri; Nuytinck, Danilo, Samir; Stryger-Larsen, Barak, Behrami, Hallfredsson, Jankto; De Paul; Lasagna

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Line-ups: Crotone-Lazio

Line-ups: Crotone-Lazio

Lazio are ravaged by injuries, but know a win will secure Champions League football, yet Crotone are also desperate to avoid the drop.

It kicks off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT).

Follow the build-up and action as it happens from all eight Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

The Aquile were given a huge boost last night when Inter unexpectedly lost at home to Sassuolo, meaning a victory here would open the gap to five points with only one round remaining.

Roma, Napoli and Juventus have mathematically booked their place in the Champions League for next season and Lazio could follow today.

It’s important they create that buffer now ahead of the final showdown at the Olimpico with Inter next weekend.

However, Crotone are just as motivated, because they are only one point clear of the relegation zone and are on the verge of another great escape.

Ahmad Benali and Ante Budimir are still out injured for the Calabrese club, but Simy is in sparkling form in attack and surprisingly joined by Marco Davide Faraoni in a more advanced role than he is accustomed to.

Simone Inzaghi must do without Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile, their top assist provider Luis Alberto, Marco Parolo, Jordan Lukaku and suspended defender Luiz Felipe.

Felipe Anderson therefore uses his pace in support of Felipe Caicedo with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Lucas Leiva in midfield.

These two sides have never shared the spoils in Serie A, Lazio winning both home fixtures and losing 3-1 at the Stadio Scida last season.

That was the final game and allowed the Squali to leapfrog Palermo to safety in their maiden top flight campaign.

Inzaghi’s side are unbeaten in nine Serie A rounds and haven’t reached 10 since January 2013.

Crotone: Cordaz; Sampirisi, Ceccherini, Capuano, Martella; Barberis, Mandragora, Rohden; Faraoni, Simy, Nalini

Lazio: Strakosha; Wallace, De Vrij, Radu; Basta, Murgia, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic; Felipe Anderson; Caicedo

Ref: Mazzoleni 

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Felipe Anderson depends on CL

Felipe Anderson depends on CL

Felipe Anderson will only remain at Lazio if they qualify for the Champions League, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Aquile are on the verge of securing a top four finish, as a win away to Crotone this afternoon would mathematically book their spot in the tournament.

This will also have a crucial knock-on effect for their transfer strategy, as the income from the Champions League is incomparable to the Europa League.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, if Lazio do not enter UEFA’s most prestigious competition, then Felipe Anderson will be sold.

He is under contract to June 2020 with a salary worth €1.8m per year, but received many offers from the Premier League.

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