A viral TikTok claims to show footage from the fraught Spirit Airlines experience. However, don’t be fooled by following an account that pretends to be the original poster of the clip: It’s an old clip. And it’s not even a Spirit flight.
Spirit Airlines is well known among travelers for its long baggage lines, poor communication, and multiple fees, seemingly making it an easy target for TikTok’s viral spread.
“Just in case you don’t make it, I love you!” TikToker, user @heygirlurpretty, video caption posted four days ago.
Footage shows the plane’s passengers being flung into the air – seemingly secured by their seat belts – while a flurry of treats flew around. Passengers can hear screams and screams.
TikToker used the hashtags #Spirit and #SpiritAirlines, appearing to be an airline.
As of Tuesday, the video has received more than 8 million views and about 6,000 comments on TikTok. Users have about 18,500 followers on the app.
But videotapes is from 2019. As Storyful notes:
The violent turbulence on the flight from Pristina to EuroAirport Basel on June 16 was strong enough to throw a flight attendant and her trolley on the ceiling and knock them over passengers, dramatic video was filmed on the airplane. Mirjeta Basha captured this video on an ALK Airlines flight. She told Swiss news site 20 Minuten that she believed the plane was about to crash. Describing the scene she captured, Basha said, “A flight attendant slammed her stroller against the ceiling. Cups were flying all over the place, some of them were burned by the hot water.” Basha’s husband was among 10 people taken to hospital for treatment upon landing, the airport said.
Despite the seemingly unpleasant experience, viewers still teased the airline in the comments.
“Spirit isn’t that bad, just last time I had to use my parachute,” commented one viewer.
“POV that you forgot to turn on airplane mode,” said another user.
Another viewer wrote, “It was just a bit of a mess.”
Judging by TikToker’s most recent post, which says they won’t post Part 2 of the experience until it reaches 20,000 followers on the app, the video is just a publicity stunt. Users have also turned off commenting on their videos, and the Daily Dot has not been able to reach them for comment.
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* First published: December 29, 2021, 10:36 a.m. CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.
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