gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3519 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3228 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.
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3162 times:
"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.
n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2901 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)