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User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 320 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2816 times:
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I just read this article and the last line caught my attention and really surprised me. So, someone born inflight gets a free ride for life in that airline? Whoa! Good for them!

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/w...ata-327802?pfrom=home-otherstories

[Edited 2013-02-07 07:15:19]

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

I'm pretty sure that there is no internationally recognised law conferring free travel for life from a private airline! I believe in the past, airlines have offered this (or similar), but are certainly not bound by the law.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10889 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

Not the first time this happens on board a flight and probably not the last.

Why do they allow women about to give birth to get on board airplanes... and I never heard of any law about babies being born on board airliners getting free trips for life.

 Wow!     



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I'm pretty sure that there is no internationally recognised law conferring free travel for life from a private airline!

Agree. Whatever an airline may or may not offer is entirely up to them.


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

@ MadameConcorde,
"Why do they allow women about to give birth to get on board airplanes..."

Sometimes the birth comes ahead of the expected time and it is not obvious at boarding that a person is about to give birth. Most, if not all carriers do have policies regarding how late a pregnant woman may travel and whether a doctor's certificate is required. But as you say, this is not the first time that a birth has occurred on an aircraft. Emirates has had to divert an aircraft in the past when another Philippina gave birth inflight. Apparently the cost of medical treatment is much lower in the Philippines than it is in the UAE.

As to the free travel for life: it is a myth. An airline may choose to offer it and in a similar incident in 2009, AirAsia offered free flights for life to both the baby and the mother. But there is no law mandating such an offer.

The International Community isn't even in agreement on the nationality of a child born in flight (very few countries have signed up to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness) so it would hardly impose such a cost on individual airlines.


User currently offlineDevilfish From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4781 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Emirates has had to divert an aircraft in the past when another Philippina gave birth inflight.

Curiously in this instance, the mother has a very un-Filipino sounding name...maybe Polynesian? A testament to the most welcoming and assimilative culture of this country.



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User currently offlineflyenthu From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2574 times:
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I am aware of this happening in the past, but what I found surprising was the lifelong free tix. Could be Emirates' policy or inaccurate reporting.

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2494 times:

Quote: "According to international aviation laws, the baby boy will now be able to travel free of cost in any future Emirates flight."

As long as it's to DXB and only as a 'guest worker'.



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User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

This thread got me wondering.......if you were born on say a Qantas flight between Los Angeles and Sydney......would you be "American" or "Australian" by birth? Australian I assume. But then where do you show as the birthplace? It's not going to be seat 71B so I assume it would Sydney, as that would be where the you disembarked and the birth registered. Does anyone know how inflight births are registered.....just curious (I suppose a death in flight would be the same)

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

Quoting n729pa (Reply 8):
This thread got me wondering.......if you were born on say a Qantas flight between Los Angeles and Sydney......would you be "American" or "Australian" by birth?

Scroll down to Reply #24 in the below thread for the definitive answer:

What Nationality Are You If Born Aloft? (by Art Mar 30 2005 in Civil Aviation)



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