• Report: #1111352
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Spirit Airlines

  • Submitted: Sat, December 28, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, December 28, 2013

  • Reported By: Worst Thanksgiving Ever — Calabasas California
Spirit Airlines
2800 Executive Way Miramar, Florida USA

Spirit Airlines calls losing our children's car seats & stranding us at LAX airport for 8 hours with sick kids "Successfully Completed Travel" Miramar Florida

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Spirit Airlines lost our child car seats and stranded us with our sick children at LAX for 8 hours.

Spirit's CEO,  Ben Baldanza, didn't bother to respond to my complaint. Instead, he had his Luggage Resolution Agent Tiffany respond. Below are my original letter (our last names and children's names are redacted) and Tiffany's response.


Ben Baldanza

CEO of Spirit Airlines Inc.

2800 Executive Way

Miramar, FL 33025



Dear Mr. Baldanza:


We are writing to request reimbursement of the cost of our flights on your airline. A copy of our e-ticket receipt for $1,191.12 is attached.



Thursday, November 28, 2013 flight 868 LAX to Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.

Monday, December 2, 2013 Flight 867 Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX. to LAX


We were on our return trip from Dallas Fort Worth to Los Angeles with our two children. We drove to the airport and checked in with plenty of time to spare for our 6:00 AM flight, which was due to arrive at 7:22 AM, an arrival time which should have allowed my husband plenty of time to report to work on time that day.


We checked two bags and the car seats for our two children, ages five and two. We were careful to follow all instructions regarding checking in our car seats. Our flight arrived at LAX on time, but our two car seats, did not. As car seats are required by law for children under the age of eight who travel by car in the State of California, pursuant to California Vehicle Code § 27360 (a), we were stranded at the airport without said seats. We immediately informed your representative in charge of baggage about our missing car seats. We were sent to the ticket desk and back down to baggage again. Eventually we were told that our car seats had been sent to Las Vegas and would not arrive until 3:00 PM. After that we were told that the seats would not arrive until 5:00—then not until 5:30.


We asked the sole representative who stood in the baggage claim kiosk if he had any replacement seats we could borrow for our two-year-old boy and our five-year old girl. He gave us two booster seats. We explained that a two-year old cannot ride in a booster seat. He took the second booster. Half an hour passed. He returned and gave us an infant car seat. We informed him that a two-year-old is not an infant and an infant car seat would also be unsafe for our two-year-old. He said that those were the only car seats they had, urging us to take them. It was clear to us that booster seats and infant seats were the only car seats that were ever stocked, as when we asked what people with children between the ages of twelve months and four years did when their car seats were lost, we were told that that the stranded person was expected to send out a friend to buy a car seat at her own expense and bring it to the person who was stranded at the airport with his children. Given that the loss of car seats clearly does occur, to not even stock appropriate car seats for a whole age range of children is entirely reprehensible on the part of your airline.


Meanwhile, our daughter came down with the stomach flu from which our two-year old son had just recovered. She was suffering from diarrhea and stomach cramps so bad that she was screaming in the bathroom. Of course, we couldn’t take her temperature at the airport, but when we got her home we measured it as 102°.


Our pleas for help fell on deaf ears. When we said we had no one who could go out and buy us a car seat, your staff told us that they had no employees to spare to go out and buy us the appropriately sized car seat.


At no time were we offered meal vouchers or even a place for our family to wait. Only through our insistence were we issued meal vouchers. However, for our potential ten-hour wait, we were given vouchers in the amount of $7.00 per person. At airport prices, that is the equivalent of a soft drink and a bag of chips each. Furthermore, even finding a place to sit proved difficult. As the majority of the restaurants in our terminal were behind security, we were advised to go walk to the international terminal, but when we got there, we found their main restaurant section closed for renovation.


Given no other option, one of us (Robert) travelled to the distant, off airport campus lot at which our car was parked due to the Thanksgiving dearth of parking. We wish to note that the staff of Spirit Airlines did not so much as offer Robert a ride to our car. The other of us (Nicole) stayed with our sick and crying children in the last open restaurant while Robert went to a Target located ten miles away to purchase a car seat. It was 3:00 PM before we were able to reunite our family and leave the airport. Robert missed a day of work and was forced to use a vacation day.


Our car seats were not returned to us until after 3:00 PM on December 3, 2013, approximately thirty-two (32) hours after our flight arrived.


We have filed for reimbursement of the $140.15 we spent on a temporary car seat. We feel that we are also entitled to reimbursement for our flights due to the fact that Robert was forced to take an extra vacation day from work and the extreme circumstances your airline’s actions forced our family to endure. Finally, we wish to add that we are outraged by the behavior of your employee who suggested that we use either a booster seat or an infant car seat for our two-year-old child because they were the only seats he had. Using either a booster seat or an infant car seat for our two-year-old son would have placed us squarely in violation of California Vehicle Code § 27360 (a), [a copy of CVC § 27360 is enclosed]. More importantly, your airline’s direction that we use either of these seats for our son bordered on willful endangerment of his life.


cc: Denise Masella, executive assistant to CEO Ben Baldanza 




Spirit Airlines Luggage Resolution Agent Tiffany B
Dec 17 (11 days ago)
to me
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Spirit Air

Spirit Airlines Luggage Resolution Agent Tiffany B. (Spirit Airlines Support)

Dec 17 10:58 AM (EST)

Dear Mr. & Mrs. xxxxxx,

I sincerely apologize for the delayed delivery of your checked car seats and for your disappointment in the customer service that you received.

We truly appreciate you bringing your concerns to our attention and assure you that the level of service you received is not what we strive to provide our customers. I have shared your comments with the General Manager in Los Angeles for review and use in our ongoing training efforts. Guided by your feedback, we are taking the steps necessary to continually improve our operation.

We do our best to ensure that your checked items travel on the same flight with you. I am so sorry that your two (2) car seats did not arrive with you.

Spirit Airlines allows reasonable interim expenses to purchase items necessary for immediate use. To obtain reimbursement of expenses, please refer to link provided below to download the claim form and forward all original receipts for any interim expenses incurred.

Please complete the questionnaire in its entirety including specific details such as colors, sizes, brand names.

This form should be mailed to the Luggage Resolution Department, Spirit Airlines, inclusive of all the required documents, within thirty (30) days of the date you traveled.

Note: An incomplete claim form will negatively impact our ability to process your claim efficiently.

A final resolution will be made in accordance with our Contract of Carriage or applicable International laws. Once all the required documents are received, final processing takes two (2) to six (6) weeks.

Please be advised, the required documents must be received no later than January 1, 2013. We suggest that the documents are sent via certified mail to the address listed on the Customer Property Form.

Additionally, regretfully, I am unable honor a refund of your air fare as you successfully completed the travel associated with your reservation.

We understand you may disagree with our policies and procedure, however, Spirit Airlines has found that being consistent with policy is the only way to offer all our customers equal and fair service.

I look forward to hearing from you to resolve this issue and I do hope that xxxxx and xxxxx are feeling better.

Kindest Regards,

Luggage Resolution
Spirit Airlines, Inc.


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AUTHOR: Josh - ()

How exactly does it take almost 8 hours to go to your car, drive 10 miles, and come back?  That should have taken 40 minutes, tops.  Luggage gets delayed, it's not that big of a deal, and the airline doesn't owe you anything beyond the cost of the temporary seat.

Also, a far better way to protect your child than fancy car seats: drive more carefully.  You must be the worst driver on the planet if you have a non-negligible chance of getting into a wreck in the 10 miles it would take to drive to a store.

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