Baby Born In-Flight Gets Free Airline Travel for Life
The crew aboard a Jet Airways flight from Dammam in Saudi Arabia to Kochi in India had more than just a usual day at work on Sunday after a passenger went into pre-mature labour on the plane. Fortunately, a trained paramedic who was on board helped the passenger, Jose, deliver the Baby.
The plane landed in Mumbai and both the mother and the child were rushed to a hospital. Both mother and baby are in “stable condition”. The plane then resumed its journey to Kochi and reached its destination at 12.45 pm after a delay of 90 minutes. Being the first baby to be born in flight for Jet Airways, the airlines announced that the child would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.
“Jet Airways is pleased to announce the successful birth of a baby boy on board its flight 9W 569 from Dammam to Cochin of June 18, 2017. The Boeing 737 with 162 guests was diverted to Mumbai as one of the guests went into premature labour,” the airlines said in an official statement.
“Jet Airways commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into life saving action.”
The Kochi-bound baby isn’t the first child to be born high in the sky this year. In April, a woman on a Turkish Airlines flight gave birth to a girl at 42,000 feet in the air. Nafi Diaby, who was 28 weeks pregnant, went into labor shortly after takeoff from Guinea’s capital of Conakry. Crew and passengers stepped in to help safely deliver the baby, and the plane made an emergency landing in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
Most airlines allow expectant mothers to travel until they are 36 weeks pregnant, but require a signed letter from a doctor from 28 weeks onwards which confirms the expected date of birth.
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