A Houston pianist and cancer researcher Mei Rui, her 2-year-old son and elderly parents were kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight Friday morning. Since there was a delay in the takeoff, she began to breast feed her son in hope he’d be lulled to sleep and wouldn’t cry. She has told the crew that she will finish feeding before they close the plane’s door.
But, flight attendants instructed her to stop and get the child into his seat. Rui claims the plane door was still open and people moving about the cabin when one flight attendant told her the baby had to be in his seat for takeoff. When Rui stopped feeding her baby, he started to cry. It was then the crew instructed Rui and her family to disembark.
The airline stood by its actions and released this statement:
“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. To protect the safety of our guests and crew, FAA regulations and airline policies require all passengers to stay seated and buckled during takeoff and landing. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests. As a courtesy, we’ve issued a full refund to the passenger in question.”
Mei was refunded her money, but says she won’t be flying Spirit again. “We’re not lawbreakers or trouble seekers,” said Mei. “We’re the elderly, a baby and his mother, why did they have to treat us this way?”