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Mother and infant’s plane eviction caught on video

December 14, 2017 Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

A pianist and cancer researcher, travelling with her two-year-old-son and elderly parents, have all been ordered off a flight before take-off in what seems to have been a blunder over a crying infant.

Mei Rui was flying on Spirit Airlines from Houston Texas to New York on Friday to participate in a cancer research study .

Mei told CBS affiliate channel KHOU that before the cabin door was closed, she began breastfeeding her child. Flight attendants asked her to stop and to put the infant into his seat, but Mei said she asked for a few minutes to prevent her son from waking up.

She filmed the incident and footage shows her son in his seat crying when another flight attendant instructs them to leave the plane.

Spirit Airlines later said it stood by its cabin crew’s decision to remove the family from the flight.

“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 Spirit statement 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.”

The airline paid Mei a full refund but she says she will never fly with Spirit again. She found the whole incident deeply humiliating.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. bruce weston says:

    oh dear stop the world cant take off yet I am not ready hahah bugger the airline schedules , other passengers just wait for me !!

  2. AgentGerko says:

    Two sides to every story. Why would you start to breastfeed just as the doors are closing and you’re ready to taxi? Certainly either mum or baby weren’t strapped in whilst that was happening. Sounds very much like she was disobeying orders to cease and make both safe for taxiing, and was expecting all the other passenger and the aircraft to put up with a delay just so she could finish her breastfeeding. What other reason is there when she could have delayed it until after takeoff when there would have been plenty of time? Sorry, but the fact you’re involved in cancer research has nothing to do with the rules of onboard safety.

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