flyenthu
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Born In The Plane-interesting!

Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:13 pm

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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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:21 pm

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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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:33 pm

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.

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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:17 am

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.
 
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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:55 am

@ 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.
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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:56 pm

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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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:56 am

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.
 
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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:10 pm

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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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:06 pm

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)
 
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RE: Born In The Plane-interesting!

Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:24 pm

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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