Wao !!! this is honestly a clasic case of ” You are born lucky” A lucky baby boy just hit the airline jackpot after Jet Airways awarded him free flight tickets for life — all because he was born mid-flight.
On Sunday, the newborn’s mother went into labor between Saudi Arabia and India at an altitude of 35,000 feet, according to Jet Airways. Thankfully, a trained paramedic was among the passengers on the flight who helped safely deliver the new addition with members of the flight crew. The flight was diverted to Mumbai, where mom and newborn were transported to a local hospital. Although the baby was born prematurely, both he and Mama are said to be doing well.
“Jet Airways commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into life-saving action,” a spokeswoman said.
The unidentified baby boy is officially the first mid-flight birth for Jet Airways — which probably has something to do with the airline’s awesomely generous birthday present. Still, it’s worth noting not all airlines award free travel for life to children involved in mid-flight births. One baby born last year on a Cebu Pacific Air flight was gifted 1 million frequent flyer miles. However, a baby born on a 1990 British Airways flight only received a free upgrade to first class for her 18th birthday. And still others receive nothing, aside from a unique line in their passport that reads, “holder born on an aeroplane.”
We think the free-travel-for-life perk is pretty awesome; we are a little jealous, actually. But I completely understand why it isn’t the norm for most in-flight deliveries. (Giving birth on an airplane isn’t exactly the safest, nor is it something airlines would want to encourage.) Still, I’m gonna take a wild guess that most expecting mamas would prefer to avoid a mid-flight delivery.
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind if you plan to travel by air during pregnancy:
• It’s generally safe to fly during the third trimester up to 36 weeks,— barring any underlying medical conditions or a pregnancy with multiples.
• It’s a good idea to get a pre-travel evaluation from your doctor and to carry a copy of your prenatal medical records with you.
• In order to avoid issues at the boarding gate, it’s not a bad idea to have a note from your doctor stating your expected due date.
• Before your trip, consider asking your doctor/midwife to help you find a provider at your destination, just in case you end up needing medical attention while away.
• Carry a list of emergency contacts with you.
And, as always, be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
We want to say congratulations to the baby. And happy and safe flight for you from all of us.
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