End of rumors: What to do if a passenger has to give birth on a plane - and does the baby get free flights?
A flight expert explained what exactly happens when a passenger receives contractions during a flight, from which week it is not recommended to fly, how is the nationality of the newborn determined and does he receive free flights for life?
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Thursday, May 19, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
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You too were wondering if a birth on a plane is something that is still happening?
What do you do if a passenger receives contractions?
And does the newborn really get free flights for life as we have always heard?
Air birth is not something that happens often, thanks in part to the strict aviation laws and restrictions under which pregnant women can not fly if they have passed the 36-week threshold.
However, this does not mean that it does not happen at all.
In fact, in January of this year, a baby girl was traveling prematurely on a United Airlines flight from Ghana to the United States. United Airlines then said in a statement to CNN Travel: “Our crew was amazing.
They acted quickly, assisted the medical personnel who were on the plane and ensured that everyone remained safe throughout the flight.
We were especially excited to see the plane land with another passenger, especially beautiful, on board. "
So what is the procedure in case a passenger is forced to give birth during a flight? And is there any truth in the rumor that babies born in the sky are entitled to free flights for life?
According to flight attendant and writer James Weisong, the cabin crew is not trained to give birth to babies, and there is no set procedure for the staff to help give birth to a baby if someone snatches contractions on the flight.
However, James told Yahoo that the flight attendants' primary responsibility is to warn the pilot and "call a medical professional" - if there is such a person on the flight.
The crew on the plane decides whether an emergency landing is required.
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What is the nationality of a baby born during a flight?
Surprisingly, it is not easy to determine this.
The international agreement to reduce citizenship stipulates that a baby will be assigned citizenship at birth.
Typically, a baby will be "assigned the nationality of the airspace in which the aircraft is at that moment," reports a passenger rights expert on a flight to EUclaim.
He added: "For example, babies born in U.S. airspace will receive U.S. citizenship.
If the state does not allow this, the baby will receive the parental citizenship or the citizenship of the state where the airline is registered. "
The baby will be assigned to the national airspace where the plane is at that moment (Photo: ShutterStock)
Do babies born on the plane get free flights for life?
Unfortunately this is an urban legend.
While there have been some instances where airlines have provided special free flights to the newborn, this is by no means a common occurrence and it is not something that the newborn is legally entitled to.
However, there have also been cases of airlines giving the newborn and their parents a free trip to their favorite city, or even calling the plane after the unexpected newborn.
There is no such thing as free flights for the newborn.
To get along (Photo: ShutterStock)
Is it safe to fly pregnant?
According to the NHS, a pregnancy flight is not harmful to you or your fetus, but you should discuss any pregnancy problem or complications with your midwife or doctor before the flight.
The chance of getting into preterm birth is naturally higher after 37 weeks, or 32 if you are carrying twins, so some airlines will not allow you to fly beyond that date at all.
The NHS also states: "After week 28 of pregnancy, the airline may request a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your estimated date of birth and that you are not at risk for complications. Long-distance travel (more than 4 hours) carries a small risk of blood clots. If you "Fly, drink plenty of water and move regularly - every 30 minutes or so. You can buy a pair of compression stockings or support from the pharmacy, which will help reduce swelling in the legs."