The Associated Press
Published August 18, 2004, 8:02 AM CDT
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A Jordanian woman gave birth to a healthy daughter during a flight from Amsterdam to Chicago, the Dutch airline KLM said Wednesday.
The woman went into labor over the Atlantic on Tuesday, KLM spokesman Frank Houben said. After conferring with flight controllers and three doctors who happened to be on board, the pilot decided to land at St. John's Airport in Newfoundland, Canada.
But the baby was delivered by the doctors in the plane's pantry minutes before the plane touched down.
Guidelines by the International Air Transport Association say women should not fly in their final weeks of pregnancy. The woman told the airline she was only in the 27th week, Houben said.
"Even if she wasn't telling the truth, it's still a happy occurrence and a birth is a beautiful thing. But there's a question who will pay," Houben said.
The airline was investigating whether the woman's insurance company could be held liable for costs related to the unexpected landing, he said.
The woman was sent with her infant and four other children to a hospital in St. John's, while the flight continued to Chicago after a four-hour delay.
QIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7145 times:
I'm glad to hear that everything with the baby went ok. But it pisses me of that she lied about it. So in my opinion she should have to pay for it herself. And no insurance should cover for that. And I doubt they will do that.
Targowski From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7017 times:
is the baby canadian? the kid was born on an airplane before it landed, though likely in canadian airspace (but who knows, its st. johns, near canada's boundaries if i am not mistaken). most likely, it will be jordanian if her mother is jordanian.
CptGirmayTesfa From Peru, joined Oct 2003, 406 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6717 times:
Thank God for a beautiful healthy baby!
The baby would have the nationality of (one) of the parents, presumably Jordanian.
On board the plane, whether in another country airspace or above international waters, the law applies to which the aircraft is registered, in this case the Netherlands. However, the Dutch do not give citizenship to those born out of non-Dutch parents even when on its territory / planes.
QIguy24: who says that she lied?? Only a doctor will be able to tell.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6688 times:
Seeing how the baby is Canadian and the mother will most likely not allow them to go after her insurance the Can. gov. has the oh so funny thing called Free Health Insurance. I guess it's the baby's birth there for it's the things bill. Let Canada pay! In all seriousness shouldn't they?
CYLW From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 424 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6654 times:
Well, our health care isn't completely free for most Canadians. My wife and I pay $75 a month for coverage. Not bad I guess. BTW, I think you must have to be a citizen to be eligible for universal healthcare. We'll probably end up footing the bill though. Well, the Newfies will that is.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6642 times:
I have spoken to many Canadian Citizens and they have still not managed to get their health care system to me. That and the milk in a bag thing. I think KLM will end up footing the bill so they don't have to deal with court issues and whatnot. It couldn't have cost more than a divert or anything related.
StarCruiser From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6464 times:
"I'm curious about the _4 hour_ delay?!?! Good grief!"
Yeah, all they had to do was dump her off and take off again unless the passengers all had to go through Canadian customs first.
If her action was a stunt in the hopes of giving birth in the USA she certainly played a dangerous game. Jordan is a decent country, after all. Why didn't she wait until she delivered and then travel? It was fortunate that there were three doctors on board, but what if there had been complications at birth? If she lied about how far along she was she should be liable for the cost of the diversion.
It will be interesting figuring out what nationality the baby will be. Is the father also Jordanian, and where was he? What kind of man would allow his wife to travel by herself with four little ones even at 27 weeks? No doubt our Canadian friends are asking some of these very questions, and so should KLM.
StarCruiser From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6413 times:
"Have you ever heard of SLOT times?"
The problem with the written word is that often humor is not readily discernible. I was merely agreeing that four hours seemed excessive.
I was onboard an SK flight CPH - JFK years ago which made a fuel emergency landing in YUL. Those Canadians were really friendly toward us foreigners from Denmark. Naturally, most onboard were Americans, but we played along.
Jcded From Switzerland, joined Jan 2004, 213 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6354 times:
most likely the child would be Jordanian beacuse of ius sanguini, even though the mother was technically over canadian territory she was not legally in canada (past immigration) therefore ius soli would not apply. And the dutch (and most EU nations) do not recgonize ius soli as a path to citizenship. I had to do research into the issue to see if there were any problems in being french, canadian and american at the same time (father french, mother canadian and born in the USA).
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6167 times:
One of the issues might also that a Muslim woman (and her husband) which I presume she is, isn't as easy and open in discussing or even realising things like when conception and not having periods might have taken place as a western woman is. It can be a case of cultural communication differences, so don't judge too hard on her without knowing the full story.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
ChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6082 times:
A baby was born about a month ago on an ATA flight LAX-HNL (I think). I haven't heard many details other than they were and hour and a half out from LA and returned with one more passenger. There were plenty of medical pros on board to help out.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16125 posts, RR: 57 Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 5828 times:
What kind of man would allow his wife to travel by herself with four little ones even at 27 weeks?
A man desperate to become an illegal immigrant in a Western nation, for which a Cdn or American born child will do the trick. There are millions of such men.
One of the issues might also that a Muslim woman (and her husband) which I presume she is, isn't as easy and open in discussing or even realising things like when conception and not having periods might have taken place as a western woman is.
She knew exactly what she was doing.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.