Breastfeeding Mom and Child Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight

A Houston pianist and cancer researcher is speaking out after she, her 2-year-old son, and elderly parents were kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight Friday morning.

The trip was to do a recording that was connected with a cancer study.

Ms Rui said she was refunded her money, but won't be flying Spirit again.

However, the flight scheduled for 6:30 a.m. was delayed repeatedly because of weather and kept passengers inside the cabin.

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.

But she was cut off as they said: "It wouldn't happen to my family, I can assure you".

"Since the plane hadn't finished re-boarding, and the doors were still open, I politely asked for a couple more minutes so I could finish nursing him", she wrote, saying that would prevent him from crying throughout the flight and disturbing the other passengers.

"I said as soon as the plane's door closes, I will put him in his seat", Rui told KHOU. She said it was then that the crew told her she needed to exit the plane, a moment she recorded on her phone.

Rui said the attendants conferred at the front of the plane while she stopped breastfeeding and put her son, who had begun crying, in his seat.

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Police officers were waiting for her as left the plane and walked to the end of the Jetway, the Post reports. She asks for an explanation and is told "you were not compliant". Later another flight attendant came to get the family off the plane even though the baby was in his seat. The family waited for an hour for their luggage, but the items were never returned. Then after the ride home, Rui's father collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Rui never made it to NY.

It's also been a year filled with hardships for her and her family who lost their house and belongings to Hurricane Harvey, and are still in temporary housing.

"Does Spirit not understand that 2-year-olds can not sit still in a seat belt for 3+ hours?" she posted. She was nominated for Grammy in 2015.

Spirit's statement continued, "We were forced to remove a passenger from flight 712 after they refused to comply with crew instructions several times while the doors were closed during taxi and safety briefing".

'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.

Look, I hate crying babies on an airplane, but they are tiny humans who occasionally need to be transferred from one place to another.

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

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