“Spirit Airlines Karen” Misses Flight And Runs Out Onto Tarmac As Passengers Applaud Her Arrest

Three days ago video was posted to TikTok of a woman – dubbed Karen – out on the tarmac after arriving late to the gate for her Spirit Airlines flight. We’ve all been there, running to make a connection or arriving to the airport late, and showing up at the gate with the boarding door just having closed. There’s no defeat quite like it.

This woman wasn’t going to take matters lying down. If the plane is leaving without you, just run after it. Except that exiting the terminal that way is against the law. And you’re not going to wind up on the aircraft anyway.

These videos have collectively been viewed about five million times, first showing the woman being brought back up into the terminal by police (who apparently responded quickly) and then arresting and taking the woman away. As she’s being escorted off in handcuffs, passengers still in the gate area cheer.


Karen missed her flight, decided to walk out emergency exit onto tarmac. Gets felony trespassing.

♬ KAREN – PrettyUgly


Part 2 – Karen missed her flight and tried to chase down her plane on the tarmac.

♬ KAREN – PrettyUgly


Raw arrest video with original sound.

♬ original sound – Anthony K892

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. @UA-NYC
    ” domestic terrorists at the Capitol on Jan 6 ”

    They were mostly peaceful protests, much more than the BLM seditionists.

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