United States mother kicked off flight for breastfeeding toddler

Houston mother, baby kicked off Spirit flight

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. At that point, he started to cry as she predicted.

When Rui tried to comply with the flight attendant's orders and strap her son into his seat, the child cried even louder.

Grammy-nominated pianist and cancer researcher Mei Rui was supposed to fly from Houston to Newark on Friday, but was kicked off her flight, the Washington Post reports.

When they refused, Spirit made the entire plane disembark then reboard. She was told she was no longer allowed to travel on the flight for noncompliance to the instructions of the staff. Fellow passengers who saw the incident unfold said they were "disgusted" by how Spirit treated the family.

They were on their way to NY for her to participate in an assignment on behalf of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

And as for Rui, she is standing by her story and the fact that she didn't do anything wrong.

She added: 'My dad nearly had a heart attack and collapsed on the floor. Rui asked the airline representative as he and a handful of uniformed officers blocked her from the plane gate.

Rui never reached NY. Eventually, police were called.

"If this happened to your family". Then one of them approached her and said that her baby was required to be in his seat during takeoff. "What else do you guys want?"

Her father, the toddler's grandfather, watched on from across the aisle as a flight attendant told them: 'I just need to check'. "I said, 'I promise I'll finish before you close the plane's door'".

"It's not like I was resistant, I put him in the seat", she said.




He replied: 'I do not have the ability to do that. But when she asked security why she was removed from her flight, they were less than helpful.

'I just want to know why we are getting kicked off the plane!' Rui, who is from Shanghai but has lived in the United States since attending college, said.

'My parents and my young son are completely traumatized from this experience.

A woman traveling with her 2-year-old and her elderly parents claims she was booted off a Spirit Airlines flight for breastfeeding her crying child during a flight delay.

But the airline representative cut her off.

"Our records indicate a passenger was removed from Flight 712 after refusing to comply with crew instructions several times during taxi to runway and safety briefing", the statement read.

Schuler noted that FAA regulations and airline policies require all passengers stay seated and buckled during takeoff and landing.

"We apologise for any inconvenience to our guests".

"As a courtesy, we've issued a full refund to the customer in question", said Schuler.

According to her, while the door of the plane remained open and people were moving about the cabin, a few of the flight attendants passed by her without saying a word.

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