A Woman Says She Was Kicked Off A Flight For Breastfeeding

An Airbus A320 jetliner belonging to Spirit Airlines lands in Las Vegas on March 1

The Washington Post reports that Rui was traveling with her elderly parents and 2-year-old son from Houston to NY.

Mei Rui, a cancer researcher and pianist, says she was on her way to NY with her family to participate in a cancer research study.

The group of flight attendants met at the front of the cabin and Rui stopped breastfeeding her son, and as predicted the baby started to cry. Flight attendants told her to stop and put the child in his seat.

"He was making very loud noises, but that's not criminal". After sitting there for all that time, Mei began to breastfeed her "exhausted" son. Given the plane is stationary, the mother asks if she can just have another minute to finish feeding her son.

The airline has stated that the family were removed after failing to comply with crew instructions, however, Rui says the "only "non-compliance" is that my son was crying for 25 minutes straight after I force-buckled him into the airplane seat". "All we want is an explanation for why we were kicked off the plane, and what exactly we were "non-compliant" with, after complying and buckling my son into the seat and keeping him there for the entire duration until asked to deplane". She asked Spirit reps why she could not get back on board and she was told because she was not compliant. "If they had shown a little compassion, it wouldn't have happened, they didn't have to let it escalate".

"You just don't have to treat people that way", Mei remarked. "We had never been through anything close to this". A Spirit Airlines representative told her she could not get back on, according to video footage of the counter Rui took on her cell phone.

"It wouldn't happen to my family, I can assure you", the representative says, cutting her off. Later another flight attendant came to get the family off the plane even though the baby was in his seat.

Spirit later issued a statement saying, "We were forced to remove a passenger from flight 712 after they refused to comply with crew instructions several times while the doors were closed during taxi and safety briefing". To ensure the safety of our guests and crew, FAA regulations and airline policies require all passengers stay seated and buckled during takeoff and landing.

Spirit Airlines has sparked outrage after it kicked a mom & her family off one of its planes.

"We're not lawbreakers or trouble seekers", said Mei.

"We apologise for any inconvenience to our guests". Rui had already been through a loss this year: She had lost her house and all of her possessions in Hurricane Harvey, and she just wanted the flight to go smoothly. "As a courtesy, we've issued a full refund to the customer in question".

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