Spirit Airlines Dispute With Dying Marine Is a Disgrace to America (VIDEO)

spiritSo much for the friendly skies. A Marine fighting a battle with esophageal cancer has been told by Spirit Airlines that they don't care that the veteran is dying. They won't give Jerry Meekins a refund for the plane ticket he bought right before doctors discovered his cancer had spread so far it is now considered terminal.

Spirit would have had to give up $197 if they'd decided to show a little compassion for a dying man. Instead the company CEO is sounding like an insensitive jerk today, insisting that a 76-year-old veteran of our military should have bought traveler's insurance so he could recoup his money for a flight cancellation. Gee, I hope the company bought insurance against losses if their spokesperson comes out in public acting like a jerk.

Technically, Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza is right. Spirit does not have to give Jerry Meekins the money. They can hold true to their policies.

But then travelers don't have to hop a flight on Spirit either. And if this is the way a company treats an old man who just learned he is going to die without even being able to take one last trip to see his daughter, I know I don't want to hop on that plane. The number of people "liking" the Boycott Spirit Airlines page on Facebook has been skyrocketing since news of the Marine's plight has spread on the interwebs. It's up to 32,000 pissed off travelers at press-time.

I like companies that care about people, not money. And the ironic thing is, when companies do the former, they tend to draw in the latter. Baldanza claims that giving a refund to Meekins would destroy their bottom line as more and more down-on-their-luck folks put in for money back. Maybe. He doesn't know what would have happened.

What he does know, what we do know, is that Spirit's a company that lacks compassion. And in our free-market system, we can tell that company what we think of them with our money.

It's a beautiful thing, isn't it? Spirit is free to do what they want. We're free to do what we want. And we're free to show a little love for a man who sacrificed for us all to have this kind of freedom by serving in our US military.

Who gets your support here? Jerry Meekins or Spirit Airlines? Check out this other bit of news from Spirit -- they're hiking baggage fees big time:


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Bertha21 Bertha21

I am pretty sure they didn't say they didn't care about his condition... He should understand the policy, I am sure there have been similar situations where they received the same treatment as he did. No one should be entitled to better service than the rest. That is why they made policies.

Jennifer Wilson

Um no, he is 100% entitled to better service. Circumstances and situations vary from person to person. He is a marine, a veteran, and our elder. He risked his life for every person working on that stupid airline and they can't eat a 200 dollar seat? Boycotting Spirit until they make this right.

Charles C Truglio

Bertha21 looks to running for the next CEO of Spirit Airlines

Jennifer Antilli

since I don't fly as it is , not to a fear of it . I really can't say anything except really a military vet , you can't help out . did they not believe him as they refering to him as down on his luck ,which having terminal cancer isn't down on your luck. Its you are out of time . People need to care a little more and not worry about 200 dollar bank roll.

nonmember avatar Kayla

As an Army wife I totally agree with Jennifer and Bertha 21 obviously has no respect for our troops either, its very ignorant and disrespectful on Spirits part.

Debra D Hoge

our vets should be treated with respect & not have to fight here in the states, give him his money back... H e put his life on the line for us all so sad....

OkieM... OkieMom2673

Actions speak louder than words, they satis they didn't care by their actions.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

If Spirit airlines gave refunds to all the people who got sick and cancelled flights, they'd be out of business. So they should give this guy his money back because he's military, but not for anyone else?? That's just silly. Buy travel insurance

Toni David

I wouldn't travel Spirit for all the money in the world now, and I am a traveller. I would rather WALK!!! God bless that old man Veteran. We are ALL on his side!

Robin Williams

Bertha21....REALLY!!! You cannot in your heart not want to strangle the airline. I am a mother of a Marine, and just so you understand the Man denied a refund fought for this country along with many men and women so your ignorant cold-hearted ass can sleep at night. Yes, there are policies but it does not mean you cannot overlook for the goodness of your reputation Spirit Airlines. Delta has refunded my sons fare, changed flights, etc. at no charge because he is military. So the next time you are hanging out at Stabuck's and out with your friends at night remember that the man only wanted $197.00 refund is one of the wonderful people that put their life on the line so you can again sleep in peace. I am so sorry the youth in America like you is well just sad.

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