The Houston pianist Mei Rui says she was ordered to leave a Spirit Airlines flight before takeoff after attendants saw her breastfeeding her two year-old son.
She says she started breastfeeding because the flight was delayed for de-icing and the child was hungry.
Spirit Airlines says he should have been strapped in for takeoff: ‘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.
‘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’ve issued a full refund to the passenger in question.’
Dr Rui, a former teacher at Yale School of Music, has played with many leading orchestras and soloists.
Originally from Shanghai, she also trained as a clinical cancer researcher.