A woman traveling with her elderly parents and her two year old was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight. Spirit says it’s for failing to follow crewmember instructions. But the crux of the matter is what were those crewmember instructions.
Since it was Spirit Airlines, the flight was delayed. She “unbuckled her child and began breastfeeding since the plane was still boarding” and her son was hungry.
She said that’s when flight attendants showed up and told her to buckle her son back into his seat. She asked for a few more minutes to feed her son so that he wouldn’t be fussy during the flight.
Flight attendants called the captain, but by then she had already “buckled her son back into his seat” nonetheless she was ordered off the aircraft.
Here’s the altercation between the airline and the woman who was ejected after she had gotten off the aircraft. She says she just wants to know what rule she had broken, they repeat ‘refusing to follow flight crew instructions’ but what instructions? It is impermissible to breast feed a child? Or it is against airline rules to fly with a crying baby?
And here’s the longer version:
In fairness to Spirit, here’s their highly non-responsive response to the matter:
“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.”
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