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Breastfeeding Houston mom says Spirit Airlines kicked her off flight

Breastfeeding Houston mom says Spirit Airlines kicked her off flight

Rui's elderly mother and father were along for the ride, as was her two-year-old son. A Spirit Airlines representative told her she would not be allowed back on board.

A Houston pianist and cancer researcher says she was booted from a Spirit Airlines flight - along with her 2-year-old son and elderly parents - for "non-compliance" with instructions not to breastfeed her child.

In a subsequent post, Rui explains the flight had already been delayed for 3 hours. After sitting there for all that time, Mei began to breastfeed her "exhausted" son.

Mei says she didn't want him to cry loudly, which she knew he would should she stop. However, Mei claims the airplane door was still open. "I put him in the seat", she said. It wasn't long before a flight attendant asked them to get off.

When they refused, Spirit made the entire plane disembark then reboard.

At the gate, Mei filmed more footage. They left, and at that point must have called the police. Fellow passengers who saw the incident unfold said they were "disgusted" by how Spirit treated the family.

It wasn't immediately clear when the boy had been put into his seat and after how many requests by flight staff. "If they had shown a little compassion, it wouldn't have happened". After she got off the plane, Mei recorded what happened next on her phone.

Once they had been thrown off the plane, the mother, her parents and her son stood by the gate asking to be told which rule they had broken but were never given a straight answer beyond "you were not compliant". That was when the crew instructed Rui she needed to get off the plane, she told The Post. We tried everything I could to stop my poor baby from crying and disturbing the other passengers, but he was jolted awake a 5th time because of the 3 hour delay that resulted in unboarding/reboardjng, lots of loud announcements.

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But the airline representative declined to give more details.

According to Rui, her mother and father, Chinese natives who lived through the traumatic experience of the county's Cultural Revolution, were already terrified from the run-in with plane authorities.

The family never made it to Newark (or their final destination of New York City), where Mei was supposed to do work connected to a clinical cancer study. Mei wrote on Facebook.

Spirit refunded the woman and her family for their tickets. "To be clear, no one was removed for breastfeeding", Spirit's Director of Communications, Stephen Schuler, told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY in a 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", the statement said.

'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. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests.

Mei received a full refund but while now saying she won't be flying with Spirit Airlines again.

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