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(Daily Mail) A mother was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight with her elderly parents and two-year-old son for not immediately stopping breastfeeding when cabin crew asked her to put him into his seat so that they could take off.

Mei Rui, 34, her son Lukas and her parents were flying from Houston, Texas, to New York City on December 8 when they were booted off the plane.

They had been sitting on the tarmac for almost three hours because of a de-icing delay, she claims, when she began to breastfeed her 'exhausted' two-year-old son.

Shortly afterwards, a flight attendant told her to stop and put him in his seat because they  claimed they were ready to take off. The mother claims the door was still open.

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.

When they refused, Spirit made the entire plane disembark then reboard.

Mei said her son had previously flown domestically and internationally without incident. Children are allowed to fly on their parents laps until they are two but must then have their own seat.  

Mei Rui, her elderly parents and her two-year-old son were kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight on Friday because she would not immediately stop breastfeeding the toddler when cabin crew asked her to. Her son is seen above with his grandparents after being 'forced' into his seat by his mother. She says that 25 minutes afterwards, they were thrown off the aircraft

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Post time 2017-12-12 09:36:32 |Display all floors
In videos taken at the gate afterwards, staff can be seen laughing and refusing to tell her exactly what they had done wrong beyond saying they did 'not comply with instructions'.
They called police to escort the family away from the gate. Fellow passengers who saw the incident unfold said they were 'disgusted' by how Spirit treated the family.
Rui, a Yale medical school graduate and cancer researcher who is also an accomplished piano player and teacher, said the ordeal was worse than Hurricane Harvey which destroyed her home and her elderly parents' home.
They were on their way to New York for her to participate in an assignment on behalf of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  
After the incident at George Bush International Airport, Rui says her father was so distraught he collapsed and had to go to the hospital.
In a Facebook post she wrote directly after the incident on Friday, she said: 'This was an even more traumatic morning for us than when Harvey destroyed our homes.
'My dad almost had a heart attack and collapsed on the floor. I had never imagined something like this could happen to our family.

Mei Rui, 34, was on her way from Texas to New York with her son and parents to take part in a work assignment. She is a cancer researcher

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Post time 2017-12-12 09:44:20 |Display all floors

Once they had been thrown off the plane, the mother, her parents and her son stood by the gate asking to be told which rule they had broken but were never given a straight answer beyond 'you were not compliant'. Eventually, police were called. She is pictured struggling with her son as police watch on and her parents stand by in a photograph taken by another passenger who said they were 'disgusted' by the ordeal



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Post time 2017-12-12 09:45:48 |Display all floors

Another passenger who saw the ordeal unfold described the airline's treatment of the family as 'disgusting'  



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Post time 2017-12-12 21:41:36 |Display all floors
Another case in the US of abuse against ethnic minority, just like how Turkish people are treated in Germany, North African immigrants in France.

This is an institutional problem, and shame on the west.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2017-12-12 23:24:56 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-12-12 21:41
Another case in the US of abuse against ethnic minority, just like how Turkish people are treated in ...

Please explain how you can turn this in to a race or ethnic issue?

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Post time 2017-12-12 23:31:14 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Liononthehunt at 2017-12-12 23:34
DMZappa Post time: 2017-12-12 23:24
Please explain how you can turn this in to a race or ethnic issue?

As plain as the nose in your face, you might still be able to rememer the instance of Dr. Bao being roughed up and dragged out of the airplane...
Believe it or not, it's true.

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