Terminally ill man Jerry Meekins protests Spirit Airlines over no-refund policy

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Video: Spirit Airlines will not refund dying man's ticket

Jerry Meekins, who was terminally ill, protested Spirit Airlines because they refused to refund his plane ticket.



Clearwater, Florida -- A terminally ill elderly man who was denied a refund by Spirit Air is now picketing the airline.

Jerry Meekins was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and doctors say the 76-year-old has only about two months to live.

His daughter, who lives in Atlantic City, is going to have surgery next month, so Meekins bought a plane ticket so he could be with her. But he learned he couldn't fly, because his immune system is compromised.

However, Spirit Airlines refuses to give Meekins his money back, citing the company's non-refundable ticket policy. The airline says that policy is what helps keep their airfare so cheap.

On Wednesday, Meekins began picketing the airline and its policy at Tampa International Airport.  He says he'll be out protesting the policy for as long as he's able to.

In a statement to 10 News, a spokesperson from Spirit Airlines said, "We sympathize with Mr. Meekins and all of our customers who face these unexpected situations.  Because we know these things can happen and in an effort to assist, we offer our customers affordable travel insurance to cover a variety of circumstances that may arise and many of our customers choose to take advantage of this option.  It wouldn't be fair to make exceptions and bend policy for one customer and not all."

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