Spirit makes LAN look like a luxury airline. I'm not surprised the pilots are striking. I hope to see Spirit's days numbered, they are the most horrendous air carrier on the face of this planet.
Sorry to hear about your family's situation, Kelly. I've already learned the hard way not to fly Spirit, even if they offer $79 airfares every once in a while to Peru. They are unprofessional all around, and I doubt that they have highly trained pilots navigating their fleet. It's not worth my pennies.
Problems with Spirit have popped up on this forum before. Here's the previous link:http://expatperu.com/expatforums/viewtopic.php?t=4210
Americorps makes a good point about pilots being over-worked. I don't know if this video will show in Peru, but here's the link to a PBS Frontline report on the deteriorating state of U.S. based carriers. It's a very eye opening report...One more reason why I won't fly Spirit (or Continental for that matter!)http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/flyingcheap/view/