Mother and 2-Year-Old Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight

An Airbus A320 jetliner belonging to Spirit Airlines lands in Las Vegas on March 1

Mei Rui, a cancer researcher and pianist, was travelling to NY on Spirit Airlines with her two-year-old son and elderly parents.

Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher based out of Houston, was supposed to catch a flight on the carrier to Newark on Friday, according to the Washington Post. She filmed the incident, and said before the cabin door was closed, she started breastfeeding.

Because of this, she asked for a few more minutes but then complied and "forced" Lukas into his own seat where he began to cry for 25 minutes before a flight attendant asked them to get off.

"He was making very loud noises, but that's not criminal", Rui said.

The incident occurred after a three-and-a-half-hour delay to her flight from Texas to Manhattan due to ice on the plane.

In a viral video, the mother, Mei Rui, can be seen questioning airport, and airline authorities for kicking her off of her flight as her son cries out.

"I said as soon as the plane's door closes, I will put him in his seat", Rui told KHOU. "All we want is an explanation for why we were kicked off the plane, and what exactly we were "non-compliant" with, after complying and buckling my son into the seat and keeping him there for the entire duration until asked to deplane". "If they had shown a little compassion, it wouldn't have happened, they didn't have to let it escalate".

"It was humiliating to be chased off a plane in front of hundreds of people", said Mei.

'Because you were not compliant, ' was the answer she was given. "We had never been through anything close to this". The ordeal also took a major toll on her parents, Chinese natives who had been traumatized by their country's Cultural Revolution, Mei said. A Spirit Airlines representative told her she could not get back on, according to video footage of the counter Rui took on her cell phone.

"If this happened to your family", Rui started to the airline representative. Later another flight attendant came to get the family off the plane even though the baby was in his seat.

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

She added: " Flight attendants were so rude to her and tried to kick her off, even though the plane wasn't moving or even about to move. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests.

"We're not lawbreakers or trouble-seekers - we're a mother, baby and elderly - why did they have to treat us this way?"

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

The family lost their possession during Hurricane Harvey and are still living in temporary housing.


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