Houston mother, baby kicked off Spirit flight
- Author: Rita Burton Dec 12, 2017,
Dec 12, 2017, 17:24
All this and she still managed to make it to a flight scheduled to leave at 6:30 am, so she could participate in a recording related to a cancer study in NY.
Rui said she declined Spirit Airlines' offer to refund her flight and book her on another airline. Upon boarding the flight, Mei and the other passengers were forced to sit on the tarmac for nearly three hours due to a "de-icing delay".
They had been sitting on the tarmac for nearly three hours because of a de-icing delay, she claims, when she began to breastfeed her "exhausted" two-year-old son.
Rui says she saw flight attendants talking about her at the front of the plane, so she stopped breastfeeding and strapped him in.
However, Rui claims that the doors to the plane were still open.
"I asked for just a couple more minutes to finish because, if he woke up, at that point, he would have made a lot of noise", Rui said in an interview with the Washington Post. It wasn't long before a flight attendant asked them to get off. Rui asks the airline representative in the video, as he and several uniformed officers blocked her from the plane gate. All the staff would tell the mother is that she and her family did "not comply with instructions". "It wouldn't happen to my family, I can assure you".More news: Apple to acquire Shazam for around $400m, says report
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". "If they had shown a little compassion, it wouldn't have happened, they didn't have to let it escalate". After she got off the plane, Mei recorded what happened next on her phone.
Her father, the toddler's grandfather, watched on from across the aisle as a flight attendant told them: 'I just need to check'.
When she asked, once again, why they had been kicked off the plane, the representative replied that it was because "she was not compliant". "You just don't have to treat people that way". Mei wrote on Facebook.
A Grammy nominated pianist claims she was thrown off a Spirit Airlines flight for breastfeeding her two-year-old son. "To be clear, no one was removed for breastfeeding", Spirit's Director of Communications, Stephen Schuler, told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY in a statement.
"The reports from the crew indicate the door was closed at the time of the incident", Stephen Schuler, a spokesperson for Spirit Airlines, said. 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.