Mum kicked off flight for breastfeeding her child

A MOTHER in the US claims she was wrongfully kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight with her elderly parents and two-year-old son for breastfeeding him before takeoff.

Mei Rui, a cancer researcher and pianist, says she was on her way to New York with her family to participate in a cancer research study.

She claims she was breastfeeding her son when flight attendants asked her to put him in his seat. As the cabin doors were still open she asked them if she could continue nursing for a little longer so he wouldn't cry throughout the flight.

Ms Rui said she didn't want to cause a scene and, thinking that the attendants had gone to call the captain, she complied her strapped her son into his seat without finishing, where he began to cry for the next 25 minutes.

"The crew came back (baby had been strapped in the seat for over 20 minutes at that point) and asked us to leave. We said that we haven't violated any regulations and asked why? They left, and at that point must have called the police," she later wrote on Facebook.

"My parents and my young son are completely traumatised from this experience. 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."