Mom Says This Airline Threw Her Off Flight For Breastfeeding Crying 2-Year-Old
It’s the holidays, which means that everyone is traveling. Cue the onslaught of people being thrown off planes for stupid reasons! According to Inc. a woman named Mei Rui was traveling with her elderly parents and her two-year-old child. After waiting on the tarmac for hours, the toddler began to get fussy – not unlike many of the other passengers, I would imagine. So, as to not cause too much of a disturbance, the mother began to breastfeed her son to calm him.
Enter the Spirit Airlines flight attendant, who told Mei Rui that her son needs to be seated and buckled. Given the plane is stationary, the mother asks if she can just have another minute to finish feeding her son. After the mother buckles her son up safe and sound.
Apparently, in the time it took her to finish breastfeeding and buckle her son back in his seat, the flight attendant informed the captain of the “situation” and was told to remove the mother from the plane.
“I asked her, ‘My child is already buckled in his seat. What do you want me to do? At this point, I’m complying with what you’re asking me to do” Rui said to KPRC2.
Well, the flight attendant asked her to leave the flight. Lately, it seems, that flight attendants have been acting more and more like the police. If you don’t do exactly what they ask you exactly when they ask you, you’ll find yourself thrown off the plane – sometimes violently. Luckily, this story doesn’t end with the mother being dragged off the plane unconscious.
The mother and her son did leave the flight at the request of the attendant. But when she asked security why she was removed from her flight, they were less than helpful. She was told that she was “non-compliant,” she was given the most insulting answer.
“That’s not how this works,” a man said in one of two videos the mother posted on YouTube after the event.
Since the incident, Spirit Airlines has issued a statement: “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. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests. As a courtesy, we issued a full refund to the passenger in question.”
According to Inc., the flight was delayed for four hours and 20 minutes. While it’s unclear as to how much of that delay was a result of this incident, it is clear that Spirit Airlines should apologize to this mother.
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