Miracles don’t need time and place to happen. And one did happen when a baby boy came into the world on a Jet Airways flight. The incident occurred on a Jet Airways flight 9W 569 which took off from Dammam at 2:55 a.m for Kochi with a pregnant woman on board. The expectant mother started having labour pain when the plane was still midway over the Arabian Sea. Responding swiftly to the situation the crew members and a nurse onboard took care of her and helped the mother deliver the baby mid-flight. Medical emergency was declared resulting in the flight being diverted to Mumbai, where the baby and the mother were taken to a hospital for after birth care. The plane then took its onward route of Kochi after a delay of 90 minutes and reached the destination on a happy note at 12:45 pm.
A Jet Airways statement read, “Being the first baby to be born in-flight for the airline, Jet Airways is pleased to offer the newly-born a free lifetime pass for all his travel on Jet Airways”. Regarding these births mid-air, most airlines have a fixed rule for pregnant women to travel with a signed letter from a doctor from the 28th week – travel after 36 weeks is not allowed. In October 2015, a baby was born in a similar fashion on a flight from Taipei to Los Angeles. So as per the US law, which states that every child born in country’s water or airspace is entitled to have US citizenship by birth, the baby became US citizen. But the citizenship law differs from country to country.